The Environmental Protection Agency tracks 147,354 individual water systems in the U.S.
– 81% of those systems are publicly run
– 17% are private
– 2% are public-private partnerships
The average annual water bill for households using 60,000 gallons of water a year is $329.06. Privately controlled water systems charge customers an average of $500.96, a 59% increase over the average bill for publicly run water systems, $315.56.