According to the Food & Water Watch Group, a non-profit advocacy organization, the residents of Flint, Michigan had the most expensive water of the 500 community water systems in the country in 2015. Flint residents paid an average of $864.32 over the course of a year for toxic, lead-filled water. The amount was almost three times the national average of $316.20. The advocacy group’s findings came as no surprise to the residents of Flint, who saw their water bills rise monthly firsthand.
“I didn’t need a study to tell me I was paying the highest bills,” said Flint resident Valdemar L. Washington. “All I had to do was look at my water bills. Even in Phoenix, where there’s a desert, they don’t pay as much as we do out here,” he added. And we’re surrounded by the Great Lakes. What’s going on?”
“It’s completely insane for people to be paying so much who are getting frankly so little,” said Ben Jealous, former president and CEO of the NAACP.
Flint officials have declined to comment on the group’s findings.