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1000 USD on water - outlier in China

Dollar Street reports that the Bi family spends 10% of the monthly income on water. That is $1000 per month which is an outlier. Can you reconfirm monthy income ($10098)? Pictures also suggest lower annual income than 120k per adult.
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  • Hi Varga,

    Thanks for your question! I'll re-check the income of the Bi family. It seems that we should have written that the Bi Family spends less than 10% of their income on water (because that's how it comes on the questionnaire). But I'll check this properly.

    Do you need it for any specific purpose? If you do, please write to me at fernanda@gapminder.org. Otherwise, I'll check and let you know here.

    Thanks,
    Fernanda Drumond / Gapminder
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  • A lot of the water-related figures seem suspicious and/or misleading.

    Here's another 10% claim (which works out to $350/month for water in the Netherlands):

    https://www.gapminder.org/dollar-stre...

    This one says "less than 10%", which is presumably correct (less than $340/month for water in Sweden), but I'd guess the real figure is much closer to 1% than 10%:

    https://www.gapminder.org/dollar-stre...
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  • Hi mjs,

    You are right! The water figures are not precise because this is how we ask this question in the questionnaire.

    How much of your money is spent on water?
    [    ] 60%  or more
    [    ] 50%
    [    ] 40%
    [    ] 30%
    [    ] 20%
    [    ] 10% or less
    [    ] I dont know

    We create the family texts you see on the website from the answers in the questionnaire. 
    This is a difficult subject because sometimes the family do not know how much of their income is spend on water and calculating that on the spot can be hard, so we just put % to have a overview, a notion of the proportion. It's also tricky, because in many countries, like the Netherlands that you mentioned, we don't know how much of the taxes we pay go into drinking water. I'm sure one can research that info, but it's not easy to answer this question when the photographer is there interviewing you, on the spot, before taking the pictures for Dollar Street. So we decided to leave it more open just saying that less than 10% of the income is used for buying water, which is one of the indications that the family is not very poor.

    But thanks for your feedback also. We will look into this to see if it's necessary to review this part of the family texts. If we do revise, we would need to go through all family texts, so please be patient with us :)

    Once again, thanks for the feedback!



    Kind regards,

    Fernanda Drumond / Gapminder

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  • Thanks for the reply! Yes in that case I think the family texts should consistently say "less than 10%."
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  • Thanks, mjs!

    You're right. We're changing the text of this Dutch family, and of the Chinese family that was mentioned before your comment. We'll revise the rest as well!

    Thank you!
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