Ten U.S. Cities With The Costliest Water

Seattle, Wash., tops list

According to The Texas Tribune, how much we pay for water in the U.S. can vary significantly on where we live. Further, there is not necessarily a correlation between water costs and where “water rich” and “water poor” cities are located.

For instance, based on using 7,500 gal of water per month, a family in Seattle, Wash., has the highest water rates in the country at $56.18. However, the city has experienced relatively adequate, normal rainfall over the past five years.

Conversely, residents of San Antonio, Texas, pay less than half this amount, $22.80, for the same allocation of water.  Yet over the past five years, San Antonio has experienced drought conditions 80% of the time.

Based on using 7,500 gal of water per month, the study indicates these are the 10 U.S. cities with the costliest water:

1.   Seattle, Wash. ($56.18)

2.   Boston ($41.18)

3.   Philadelphia ($39.30)

4.   Phoenix ($38.55)

5.   Los Angeles ($37.50)

6.   Minneapolis ($34.58)

7.   New York City ($31.80)

8.   Houston ($31.40)

9.   Denver ($24.08)

10. Detroit ($22.95)

“There are other factors influencing how much we pay for water,” says Klaus Reichardt, CEO and founder of Waterless Co., Inc., and a frequent writer on water efficiency issues. 

“Costs can be higher (in some cities) because some are addressing water infrastructure issues. In other cases, water rates have simply been kept artificially low for decades.”

Over the past 10 years, Reichardt adds, the cost of water has been increasing about 5.5% per year. “We likely can expect these rate increases to go up considerably, even double, in the next few years,” he says.

Waterless Co.

10 cities... out of how many and what size?

This is an interesting water cost survey... But, how many cities did the authors look at and what was their criteria to be included in the survey (e.g., population over 1,000,000?)???

Costliest Water

All of these cities may have issues with unaccounted for water use and waste. They all may have infrastructure issues associated with capital assets nearing the end of their useful lives.

high cost of water

In marietta, georgia; our water purveyor, cobb county water system will charge $37.29 for 7,500 gallons of water consumed in a month. And that does not include the sewer bill which is another $43.28.

trying to survive in america.....

Municipal Water Cost

Does the data on city water cost with Seattle being the highest just demonstrate the evolution of bureaucratic incompetence in government organizations (or any organization that can't fail) or deliberate extortion to provide benefits to someone who is politically favorable.

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