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NAWC Executive Director Michael Deane Featured in The Huffington Post on Water Quality

This week in The Huffington Post, NAWC Executive Director Michael Deane laid out the facts about private water’s stellar record of providing high-quality drinking water to tens of millions of Americans across the country. A recent study found that private water utilities have significantly fewer violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act than the national […]

Changing the “Culture of Neglect”

President Obama, in response to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, called on the country to “fix the culture of neglect” that allowed lead in water pipes to spiral out of control. Flint was certainly a warning that we need to come together as a nation to address our infrastructure needs, but also that we […]

Characteristics of Water Privatization and Public-Private Partnership Water Models

There is often confusion about what activists mean when they throw around the phrase “water privatization.” Truth from the Tap is committed to providing decision makers, the public and the media with accurate, no-spin information about private water professionals and how they serve America’s cities and towns. To help set the record straight, we’ve broken […]

NAWC’s Southeast Water Infrastructure Summit Brings Stakeholders Together To Discuss Infrastructure Challenges

The National Association of Water Companies’ Southeast Water Infrastructure Summit was held last week in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Summit addressed regional water challenges, bringing together state regulators, local government officials, engineers and executives from some of the region’s largest private water utilities. Speakers shared unique perspectives from the southeast region on how to provide […]

Food & Water Watch’s Incredible, Shrinking Case Study File

Before Truth from the Tap launched a little over a year ago, Food & Water Watch housed on its website a long list of “case studies” – 34 to be exact – that touted examples of how citizens had blocked private water options within their states and communities. For instance, Food & Water Watch pointed […]

Black & Veatch: The Many Benefits of Public-Private Partnerships

A piece by Black & Veatch’s Gordon Heft highlights twelve benefits of water and wastewater public-private partnerships, including: Asset management implementation Capital improvement efficiencies Ability to retain ownership of the assets Retention of workforce Customizable PPP models Relief of financial stresses on cities Upfront capital Economic growth New revenue opportunities Ability to handle aging workforce […]

Private Water Professionals Serving Our Communities

Check out the latest video from Truth from the Tap that highlights the important role private water companies play in delivering safe and reliable drinking water and wastewater services to 73 million Americans.  

What Activists Really Mean by ‘Local Control’

Activists often make a vague argument against private water solutions that centers on the notion of “local control.” They argue that private sector involvement in water delivery inherently strips control of the precious resource away from local communities. For starters, the claim that private water companies take over “control of water” is a scare tactic […]

Food & Water Watch and Dark Money: A Lesson in Hypocrisy

Food & Water Watch (FWW) is an outspoken critic of so-called “dark money” in politics – the unlimited, anonymous contributions by corporations, individuals and unions to political causes. FWW proudly trumpets the call to “take action on money in politics,” criticizing the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and calling for greater transparency. In a December […]

Michael Deane Celebrates Infrastructure Week by Discussing Solutions to Nation’s Water Challenges

In celebration of Infrastructure Week, National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) Executive Director Michael Deane wrote two pieces, one in The Hill and the other in Huffington Post, on the urgent water infrastructure challenges America faces and how private water operators help fill the enormous infrastructure investment gap. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency […]