In Chicago, water bills are typically $40 a month. Compared to other monthly expenses, such as trasnportation and housing, this is cheap because housing and transportation costs hundreds or thousands of dollars monthly. The average water bill has increased about 79% since 2008, likely because of higher water demand and a larger population. The water bill has outpaced the growth in income by 27%. A low-income household has to work around 11 hours to pay their water bill.