Defining & Measuring Water Affordability: A Literature Review

TitleDefining & Measuring Water Affordability: A Literature Review
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsSchneemann M
InstitutionIllinois-Indiana Sea Grant
CityWest Lafayette

Concern over water service affordability has grown in recent years as water bills escalate at a faster pace than the overall cost-of-living.While the cost of water has been rising over the past decade, the ability of consumers to pay for water service has declined. This review examines the definition and measurement of water affordability through a chronological search and presentation of the regulatory and research literature. Results will be used to determine a method for measuring water affordability for the northeastern Illinois region.