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 to America’s private sector solutions.

In the Public Interest’s Executive Director Donald Cohen recently made some very distorted claims about the Pittsburgh water utility and the city’s consulting arrangement with Veolia, a water services company. Here’s the full story.

In 2012, Veolia and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) entered a peer arrangement under which a small group of Veolia employees worked alongside more than 200 PWSA employees to improve the day-to-day operations of the authority and to share industry best practices. According to the contract agreement between PWSA and Veolia, signed in July 2012, PWSA was “ultimately responsible for the operation and maintenance of its facilities.” Veolia was working in a consulting role.”

Read the full piece here.

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