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FWW Takeover Examples Don’t Demonstrate Success

Last week, Food & Water Watch (FWW) posted a blog that attacked the record of Illinois American Water, which has provided Peoria, Illinois residents with safe and reliable water service for over a century. In its blog, FWW champions the takeover of privately-owned water systems, arguing that, despite an exceptional record of service from Illinois […]

New Toolkit Highlights True Cost of Condemnation

Anti-private water activists are increasingly trying to use water system condemnation to take over privately-owned, professionally-operated water systems. To make it easier for members to find tools to counter activists’ misinformation and claims, Truth from the Tap has launched a new web resource that brings together all of our condemnation-focused fact sheets, case studies, blog […]

New Veolia Report Details P3 Solutions for Sustainable Infrastructure

Last week, in conjunction with the Wharton School’s Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL), Veolia North America issued a special report about how public-private partnerships provide sustainable solutions for our nation’s infrastructure, including expertise and investment to address environmental challenges. The report includes three case studies, including one on the public-private partnership between Veolia and […]

NAWC Executive Director Responds to Claims in Terre Haute, Indiana

A letter to the editor written by Michael Deane was included in the Terre Haute Tribune Star on Oct. 26. Deane responded to a recent LTE in which the writer parroted many of the anti-private water claims made by Food & Water Watch in arguing that Terre Haute should not allow its wastewater system to be acquired by […]

Claremont Abandons Condemnation Effort: Millions of Taxpayer Dollars Wasted

In a settlement announced October 10th, the City of Claremont, California, abandoned its failing condemnation effort, ending the City’s attempt to use eminent domain to take over the local water system owned and operated by Golden State Water Company. The spectacular failure of Claremont’s ill-advised takeover effort should serve as a cautionary tale for other […]

Felton Learns Hard Reality of Broken Promises on Water System Condemnation

Nine years ago, condemnation advocates urged Felton, Calif. to move forward with a government takeover of its water system, which was then owned by California American Water. The condemnation advocates made several promises and ultimately the San Lorenzo Valley Water District took over the system in 2008. As we have captured in our Felton case […]

New Delaware Non-Profit Taps Into Private Water Excellence

Earlier this month, federal, state and local officials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Tidewater Utilities, a subsidiary of Middlesex Water Company, announced a unique non-profit partnership to support the wastewater needs of one Delaware community. Faced with the challenge of aging wastewater infrastructure in small, rural areas, a creative solution was formulated that involves […]

Op-Ed: NAWC Executive Director on Private Investments

In a letter, Michael Deane, National Association of Water Companies Executive Director, details the urgent water infrastructure investment needs of municipalities across New Jersey and that a government-only option is often insufficient to cover them. He also addresses NAWC members’ investment in the systems they operate, not just monetarily, but also through industry expertise. Read […]

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 […]