Kansas City Water Rates and Rivers
The average water bill in Kansas City Missouri has risen by 240% since 2000. Why?
This video from Kansas City Public television looks at the Blue River: who is polluting it, and who is paying to clean it up. It finds that the lower income areas are those with the worst water quality because they are downstream from where most of the pollution occurs, and yet they are the ones most adversely affected by increases in water prices. Specifically, since 2008 KC Water has cut off almost 140,000 accounts; meaning that 140,000 people were deprived of water because they could not keep up with the rising costs.
It is a social justice issue that few are talking about.