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New Case Study: Apple Valley Serves as Condemnation Cautionary Tale

Truth from the Tap has released a new condemnation case study that features Apple Valley, California. The case study details the condemnation battle that ensued when activists and local politicians tried to use eminent domain to take the infrastructure from the system’s owner, Liberty Utilities. After a 67-day trial, the Court found that Apple Valley residents would be better […]

Powelson Makes Case for Sale of Chester Water Authority in New Op-Ed

In a new op-ed in the Delaware Valley Journal, NAWC president and CEO Rob Powelson details why the sale of the Chester Water Authority is a good thing for both residents and the City of Chester. Powelson also corrects rampant misinformation that was included in a recent opinion piece by opponents of the sale, including […]

New Microsite Houses Member Resources on Utility Valuation Reform

A new Truth from the Tap microsite launched this month with a variety of resources for members to use in support of utility valuation reform, sometimes referred to as fair market value. The microsite lays out the many benefits of reform, including safe and reliable water infrastructure, help for troubled systems, and access to capital for municipal […]

Powelson Water Equity Op-Ed in The Hill Shows Why Water Rates Don’t Tell the Whole Story

An op-ed by NAWC president and CEO Rob Powelson ran this week in The Hill, a widely read DC publication. In the piece, Powelson highlighted NAWC’s principles for reaching true water equity and debunked claims by some that water rates alone should be the only benchmark for affordability. Powelson called the focus solely on water rates “shortsighted” […]

Powelson op-ed touts private water operations in Rockland County

In an op-ed that ran last week in LOHUD.com, NAWC President & CEO Rob Powelson made the case for why Rockland County, New York, should continue to work with SUEZ despite an effort by opponents, including Food & Water Watch, to have a feasibility study conducted to support a government takeover of the system. Powelson concludes […]

Powelson Sets Record Straight on Water Rates in New York

NAWC president and CEO Robert Powelson penned a letter to Newsday that corrected misinformation from Food & Water Watch about water rates in New York. Powelson clarified that the state’s unfair special franchise tax is the main driver of higher rates, not New York American Water. He also points out that Food & Water Watch […]

Former Utility Commissioners Detail Benefits of State Utility Valuation Reform

Three former state utility commissioners – Norman Kennard (Pennsylvania),  Richard Mroz (New Jersey), and Brien Sheahan (Illinois) – penned a new op-ed in the New Jersey Spotlight about how communities benefit when they are able to get a fair market price for the sale of their water or sewer systems. Many municipalities across the country are turning […]

Maine Water Co. President Clarifies its Decades of Service to Maine’s Communities

In a letter to the editor of the Portland Press-Herald, Maine Water Company President Rick Knowlton responded to an op-ed that inaccurately portrays the private water story. He explains the benefits the company provides to 80,000 Maine residents across 25 municipalities, noting the company’s years of success, expertise of its workforce, and the financial investments […]

Powelson Calls for Greater Focus on Water System Cybersecurity

NAWC President and CEO Rob Powelson penned an op-ed for the University of Missouri’s Financial Research Institute that advocated for strengthening cybersecurity for water systems through stricter adherence to fundamentals and rigid compliance standards that help ensure the overall protection of water grid assets. Powelson argues that we must first understand the threat in front […]