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Rising Water Costs Disproportionately Impact Low-Income, Minority Neighborhoods

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A push to stop wasting Lake Michigan water

68th Street crib. The “cribs” out on Lake Michigan pump hundreds of millions of gallons of water a day out of Lake Michigan for treatment and use.

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The cost of water has tripled in Chicago over the last decade, and some residents are struggling to keep up with the rising costs.

A joint investigation by WBEZ and American Public Media found that low-income residents in black and Latino neighborhoods have been charged millions in fines and fees during that time

WBEZ’s Maria Ines Zamudio joins the Morning Shift for more on the city’s dramatic increase in water costs and how residents are coping with the bill.

GUEST: Maria Ines Zamudio, reporter for WBEZ’s Race, Class and Communities desk

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