Would it be possible to provide some numbers for average household water expenditures in the US, or down to the state or county level? It would be a lot easier to conceptualize water budget constraints if I had any idea about water's cost or budget share?I have these (lame) answers:
- Water prices are targeted to be less than 2 percent of median income.
- The monthly bill should be less than the cable bill.
- The average water customer in LA pays $35/month, which is $420/year (at 2 percent, that implies a HH income of $21,000, which is WAYYY low.)
More importantly, does anyone have a full cost accounting that includes the cost of infrastructure that may be funded through property taxes, assessments, etc.?
Bottom Line: We can't do much about water policy if we don't even know what people are paying.