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Powelson Calls Activists Out for Spreading Misinformation in Pennsylvania

NAWC president and CEO Rob Powelson’s latest editorial titled “America is facing serious and growing water infrastructure challenges. Pennsylvania is no different.” ran this month on PennLive.com. Powelson takes activists to task for spreading misinformation about Pennsylvania’s private water companies, as well as about the effectiveness of the state’s Fair Market Value policies. Powelson concludes that […]

Our water infrastructure: Extolling low rates only increases inequities

NAWC President and CEO Rob Powelson’s latest editorial in The Hill, “Our water infrastructure: Extolling low rates only increases inequities,” explains how the water tragedies of Flint, Michigan and Jackson, Mississippi show why we must move away from using low rates “as the benchmark against which water systems are judged.” “Efforts to keep rates artificially […]

Jackson, Mississippi is Unfortunate Example of Water Infrastructure Neglect

Truth from the Tap has a new one-pager, “Jackson, Mississippi: The Critical Nature of Water Infrastructure Investment,” about how Jackson is an unfortunate example of what happens when water infrastructure investments are delayed or neglected. The resource cites headlines out of Jackson and statements by elected officials about how the current crisis is a result […]

New “Study” Analyzing Drinking Water Costs is Deeply Flawed

A new analysis from some familiar anti-private water opponents at Food & Water Watch and Cornell University attempts to compare customer rates for the 500 largest drinking water systems in the United States. However, the analysis is based in a faulty dataset, ignores crucial cost elements and disregards how low-cost systems often provide low-quality water […]

Apple Valley to pay $13 million in legal fees for failed takeover attempt

Earlier this year, Truth from the Tap published a condemnation case study that featured Apple Valley, California and the condemnation battle that ensued when activists and local politicians tried to use eminent domain to take the infrastructure from the system’s owner, Liberty Utilities. The newest development in this failed takeover attempt is going to end up hitting Apple […]

New Case Study: Apple Valley Serves as Condemnation Cautionary Tale

Truth from the Tap has released a new condemnation case study that features Apple Valley, California. The case study details the condemnation battle that ensued when activists and local politicians tried to use eminent domain to take the infrastructure from the system’s owner, Liberty Utilities. After a 67-day trial, the Court found that Apple Valley residents would be better […]

Powelson Makes Case for Sale of Chester Water Authority in New Op-Ed

In a new op-ed in the Delaware Valley Journal, NAWC president and CEO Rob Powelson details why the sale of the Chester Water Authority is a good thing for both residents and the City of Chester. Powelson also corrects rampant misinformation that was included in a recent opinion piece by opponents of the sale, including […]

New Microsite Houses Member Resources on Utility Valuation Reform

A new Truth from the Tap microsite launched this month with a variety of resources for members to use in support of utility valuation reform, sometimes referred to as fair market value. The microsite lays out the many benefits of reform, including safe and reliable water infrastructure, help for troubled systems, and access to capital for municipal […]

Powelson Water Equity Op-Ed in The Hill Shows Why Water Rates Don’t Tell the Whole Story

An op-ed by NAWC president and CEO Rob Powelson ran this week in The Hill, a widely read DC publication. In the piece, Powelson highlighted NAWC’s principles for reaching true water equity and debunked claims by some that water rates alone should be the only benchmark for affordability. Powelson called the focus solely on water rates “shortsighted” […]