When you look around Michigan, from the Great Lakes to smaller lakes, streams and rivers, water is everywhere, yet it’s getting more expensive for households across the state. Between aging infrastructure, maintenance and replacement costs, many Michigan households are hard-pressed to keep pace with the increasing cost of water. 

The issue is a relatively new one, too. According to a report from the University of Michigan published last year, between 1980 and 2018, the average cost of water across the state of Michigan nearly doubled, when adjusted for inflation. In some cities, the increase was even larger, and low-income households were hit the hardest.

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Ahead of Great Lakes Now’s special episode, “Water’s True Cost”  at 7:30p ET May 25, One Detroit follows Circle of Blue journalist Brett Walton as he talks with Oakland County Water Resource Commissioner Jim Nash and Megan Wilk, of Wayne Metro Community Action Agency, about how the cost of water has changed for residents in Southeast Michigan. 


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