Water becomes more unaffordable for Michigan's poor, report finds
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Low-income households in Detroit spend at least a quarter of their disposable incomes on water and sewer bills, putting the city's poorest residents among the hardest hit by rising water costs in Michigan, a team of analysts revealed in a report released Thursday. Compared with other household costs, water and sewer bills have skyrocketed since the mid-1980s, rising twice as fast as wages for low-income workers and faster than any other basic need except health care, they found. Water costs doubled in Michigan and roughly tripled in Flint and Detroit between 1980 and 2018 when costs are adjust...