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Newsday Headline Misrepresents SUEZ Performance In Nassau County

Newsday recently published an article on a wastewater public-private partnership in Nassau County, N.Y. The headline boasts, “No savings in Nassau sewer district, despite privatization” before the story outlines all of the different ways in which this claim is misleading. While we are used to misleading assertions from activist groups like Food & Water Watch, […]

AWWA Rate Survey Experts Warn Against FWW Rate Comparison Practices

Earlier this year, the California-Nevada Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) released the 2015 edition of their annual water and wastewater rate survey. The survey is a powerful tool that provides insights into pricing practices by utilities across California and Nevada. As is typical with rate survey reports, the authors of the analysis […]

Private Water Providers’ Strength Evident in Emergency Response

When a natural disaster strikes, time is of the essence. Emergency workers must respond quickly, efficiently and effectively. The same goes for those providing life-sustaining services, like water and electricity. A deadly, 50,000-acre fire broke out in Kern County, California in June 2016, destroying 300 homes. Many of those impacted by the fire were California […]

National Survey: Private Sector Should Play Central Role in Water Delivery

  WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) and Truth from the Tap released the findings of a national public opinion survey showing Americans believe the private sector should play a central role in delivering water and rebuilding U.S. water infrastructure. The survey results confirm that Americans recognize the serious challenges […]

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 […]