Sharmila MurthyIt’s difficult for most Americans to imagine getting through a day without easy access to water. Yet too many people cannot afford rising water costs and risk having their supply shut off, writes Suffolk Law Professor Sharmila Murthy in the Cognoscenti article “Opening The Taps: The Case For Water Affordability Legislation.”

“In Detroit…where water rates have climbed nearly 120 percent over the past decade, some low-income households now spend more than 20 percent of their income on water and sewer services,” writes Murthy. “In Boston, a local non-profit organization wrote a report on “The Color of Water,” which examined data from the Boston Water and Sewer Commission and determined that ‘for every 2 percent increase in people of color by ward, there is a 3 percent increase in shutoff notices.’…

“How could the wealthiest nation in the world allow its citizens to go without water? This World Water Day, March 22, there is an urgent need to re-examine the domestic laws that protect access to safe, affordable drinking water.”