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More Evidence That Food & Water Watch’s Claims About Rates Are Faulty

According to Food & Water Watch (FWW), private water companies take over water systems so they can increase rates with no restrictions or accountability. According to the group’s own analysis, “after privatization, water rates increase at about three times the rate of inflation.”[1] File that “three times the rate of inflation” claim away. We’ll get […]

Food & Water Watch’s Latest Hypocritical Publicity Stunt

The irony is tremendous in Food & Water Watch’s latest publicity stunt. Last week, the lobbying group filed a lawsuit to try to put a road block in front of federal efforts to address the country’s enormous infrastructure challenges. While even Food & Water Watch acknowledges that investment in infrastructure is important, the group can’t […]

How Private Water Companies Can Help Increase Property Values

While the connection between investment in water infrastructure and increased property values is not often detailed, key third parties, including the Urban Land Institute and PricewaterhouseCoopers[1] and the U.S. EPA[2], find a significant correlation between the two. By examining the relationship between the number of Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) violations and property values, researchers […]

Private Finance Crucial To Water Infrastructure Investments

With his latest commentary, In the Public Interest executive director Donald Cohen captures the activist solution to the water infrastructure crisis perfectly through the three illustrations he celebrates: taxes, taxes, and more taxes. Seattle instituted an income tax for transit funding. Los Angeles instituted a sales tax to pay for highway improvements. And Indianapolis – […]

Lessons Learned from Missoula

This week, some anti-private water activists are celebrating what they view to be a victory, as the city of Missoula, Montana takes ownership of the water system. As these groups pat each other on the back for taking over a private water system, what they won’t be talking about is the very high price Missoula […]

NAWC Executive Director Michael Deane Pens LTE to The Monterey County Herald

In a letter to the editor in The Monterey County Herald in Monterey, CA, NAWC Executive Director Michael Deane called out an anti-private water activist group that continues to use the condemnation in Montana, Missoula, as a way to mislead the public on the true costs of taking over a water system. This week, a […]

New Infographic Debunks Practice of Rate Comparisons

The latest infographic in the Truth from the Tap toolkit breaks down why rate comparisons – a common practice of anti-private water activists – are bogus. Using as examples Claremont, Calif, a system owned by Golden State Water, and La Verne, Calif., which is under government control, the infographic shows how just looking at monthly […]

New Tools Shine Spotlight on Anti-Private Water Activists’ Deception

Truth from the Tap has created two new items as part of the Truth from the Tap Toolkit. The first sets the record straight on private water in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, while the other is an updated examination of Felton, California and the broken promises after the government took over the local water system by condemnation. […]

Infrastructure Week Challenge: Let’s work together to find solutions

By: Michael Deane Executive Director, National Association of Water Companies In case you missed it, this week is Infrastructure Week. Each year, those interested in infrastructure issues – from water and roads to ports and airports – use this week as an opportunity to talk about how much infrastructure investment is needed and what must […]

PublicSource Leaves Out Important, Well-Documented Facts From Pittsburgh Article

PublicSource recently published an article on lead levels in Pittsburgh water that ignores important, well-documented facts. Lead is an extremely important public health issue and we wholeheartedly agree that Pittsburgh residents should be alarmed and demanding of answers from their public officials. However, making false statements about the cause of the lead issues and falsely […]