Graham Sustainability Institute

Michigan Statewide Water Affordability Assessment

April 2021

The University of Michigan Water Center, Michigan State University Extension, and Safe Water Engineering are analyzing water affordability across the state of Michigan. Through targeted conversations with frontline community groups, water utilities, and state agency personnel, the project team is soliciting perspectives on affordability to illustrate the challenges faced by all stakeholders in confronting affordability in their communities. The resulting analysis will quantify the extent of drinking water affordability concerns across the state of Michigan at the household level and will explore important aspects of the affordability landscape by documenting the various challenges faced by utilities in providing safe and affordable water services—drinking, waste, and stormwater.