A Water Crisis is Growing in a Place You'd Least Expect it

In Chicago, a city on the shores of Lake Michigan, water costs nearly tripled between 2017 and 2018. Photo courtesy of NPR.

The growing water crisis in America has forced hundreds of thousands to endure weeks, and even months, without water. This crisis is especially dire where you would least expect it – in the Great Lakes region, the most abundant source of fresh water in the country. With the federal government cutting water infrastructure funding, cities have turned to raising water bills to cover the costs of aging infrastructure. These rising costs hit poor families the hardest, with disproportionately high concentrations of water shut-offs in poorer areas, and majority black and Latino neighborhoods, in every city.

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