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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 […]

What Activists Don’t Tell You: The True Cost of Condemnation

Activists often make condemnation, a government takeover of a private water system, sound easy and straightforward with predictable costs. But, of course, the reality is much different. One way in which condemnation activists mislead the public is on the true cost of taking over the water system. Recent reports show there is a vast difference […]

Setting the record straight on Lucerne, Calif.

KQED News, a California public media outlet, recently reported on the community of Lucerne in northern California, and the community’s water supplier, California Water Service (Cal Water). Unfortunately, instead of providing a fair reporting of the facts, the piece became an opportunity to push an anti-private ideological agenda. For example, the outlet reported that one […]

NAWC Executive Director Michael Deane Addresses Food & Water Watch’s False Claims

A piece from NAWC Executive Director Michael Deane posted last week at The Hill, a widely read Washington, DC publication. The op-ed, titled “US Water Infrastructure Challenges Need Private Sector Participation,” is in response to a recent piece in the same publication from Food & Water Watch’s Wenonah Hauter in which she criticized any infrastructure […]

NAWC Executive Director Calls Out In The Public Interest for its Private Water Falsehoods

In a piece for The Huffington Post, NAWC Executive Director Michael Deane called out In the Public Interest’s Executive Director Donald Cohen for spreading falsehoods about private water. “Once again, instead of engaging in a constructive conversation about America’s water infrastructure challenges, we find ourselves having to correct rampant misinformation being spread by those opposed […]

NAWC Executive Director Michael Deane Pens LTE to The Progress-Index in Petersburg, Va

In a letter to the editor in The Progress-Index in Petersburg, Va, NAWC Executive Director Michael Deane responded to last week’s letter from Clean Water for North Carolina and called attention to the benefits of working with private water companies. “Having read Clean Water for North Carolina’s letter to the editor, I am compelled to correct […]

The Full Story on Rockland County that Activists Won’t Tell You

Activists have taken a sudden interest in Rockland County, a community in southern New York that has been grappling with long-term water supply challenges for over a decade. As previously seen in Atlanta, Camden, Felton, Indianapolis, and other communities across the country, activists have tried to spin Rockland County’s challenges to support their own ideological […]

NAWC Executive Director Responds to LTE in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Earlier today, NAWC Executive Director Michael Deane responded to critics of private water. Following a boil-water alert from the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority that impacted a large part of the city, Deane argued that the city should explore all its options to improve its water system. “Those who support government-only water system operations try […]