September 21, 2022

The largest national rate survey found that between 1996 and 2018, water and sewer charges increased about 2.5 times as fast as the Consumer Price Index (CPI), a standard measure of inflation for consumer goods and services. Another analysis, based on census data, found that household water and sewer costs more than doubled between 2000 and 2016.2 Over the same period, household incomes idled.