Mapping Utility Justice
How might we visualize residential utility access for policymaking and advocacy?
In many parts of the world, aging infrastructure is affecting millions of residents’ access to basic energy and water utilities.
The need to repair and invest in better infrastructure has, in many cases, impacted residential utility rates and overburdened low- income households struggling to afford rising rates.
Households that fall into debt on utilities are at increased risk of having their water or energy service shutoff, which leaves them with no access to basic water and energy resources in place of previously unreliable access.
Mapping Utility Justice is a project in post-industrial cities around the world which aims to map the critical parameters which can affect how residents access water and energy through their municipalities, which include:
- The distribution of piping and transmission lines
- Age of infrastructure
- Average utility costs
- Rates and locations of service shutoffs