When it rains, it pours: Why the water supply in Arkansas is so poor
In Arkansas, the average water bill is $6.28 per person per month, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
That’s higher than average in every other state, and in some places it’s more.
It also means that for most people, Arkansas doesn’t have a reliable water supply.
“When you’re trying to keep up with the climate change, when you’re dealing with drought, when there’s more evaporation in a drought, and you’re talking about the most vulnerable population in the state,” says Gary Miller, an associate professor of agricultural economics at the University of Arkansas.
“The people that are most at risk are the least educated, the least affluent, the poorest people in the community.”
For many people, water isn’t just a commodity they need to survive.
But for the poor, it’s a lifeline.
The average household income in Arkansas in 2016 was $45,890, according the U-M Economic Research and Education Institute.
In 2017, that was $41,300.
“For many people it’s not enough to get by,” Miller says.
“We are not making it on the state’s budget.
We are not taking care of the most important needs of our communities.”
That’s why in the past decade, state lawmakers have introduced bills to help the poor and vulnerable.
The Arkansas Senate and House passed bills last year to increase the state water supply to 100 percent renewable, and another bill would increase the number of households that could afford to pay for water from 20 to 100 per household.
But as lawmakers consider the bills, Miller says they need more information about what would happen if the state were to run out of water.
“It’s really a matter of understanding what we’re doing,” Miller said.
There are ways to provide for people who are vulnerable. “
There are a lot of ways to make this work.
There are ways to provide for people who are vulnerable.
But to be able to provide 100 percent of the state is a challenge.”
Water and the Poor The most significant problem is that most Arkansans have no idea where their water comes from.
The U.A.E. estimates that only 6 percent of people in Arkansas pay their water bills.
For those without water, the lack of water often means a lack of electricity and other necessities, such as heating, gas, and water.
In a state where the majority of the population lives in poverty, Miller estimates that a single person can spend more than $100 a month on water.
He says this is a huge gap.
“I think if we were going to be truly addressing these issues, we would have a much better picture of where the water is going,” he said.
According to the University Of Arkansas at Fort Smith, one-third of Arkansan households rely on some form of water service, either from private sources, government, or by using municipal water.
That means that about 5 percent of Arkanans rely on public water for their water, and more than half of Arkansas residents have a water utility.
“If we want to address these issues and do better in the future, we need to have a more comprehensive approach to water,” Miller adds.
A Water Crisis: The Future of Arkansas?
Arkansas’ drought, which has seen record-breaking rainfall, has made it difficult to fill a lot more wells.
A shortage of water is also a problem in many rural areas, and as more people move out of the city, the demand for water is likely to increase.
That is why the state has set up a task force to look at ways to improve the availability of water in the rural areas.
But Miller says it will take more than just a simple reallocation of water resources to fix the water crisis.
“What we’re seeing right now, the problem is not only an economic crisis for the state, but it’s also a social crisis,” he says.
It’s also creating a perception that Arkansas is a place that’s “poor, but not poor enough,” and he says it’s one of the major reasons the state hasn’t been able to tackle water problems.
The problem isn’t limited to the state.
“You’ve got a lot people that don’t even have the basic necessities like a phone,” Miller explained.
“And you’ve got some people who aren’t even using a car, or they don’t have access to a car.
It just shows you that these are issues that really affect a lot on a much broader scale.”
To solve this issue, Miller has teamed up with other water experts in the United States and Canada to build a data platform that can help to better understand the water issues that affect people in other countries.
The platform will allow for data sharing and analysis.
“Data is not just data, it can actually be a bridge to understanding and addressing the issues that we’re dealing. And