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Latest infographic highlights increasing water company investments

America’s water infrastructure is in urgent need of an upgrade, yet a recent Bluefield Research report found that overall capital investments to support repairs and replacement of this infrastructure has fallen precipitously since 2009. The truth is simple: many municipalities lack the necessary resources to proactively invest in their water systems That is why many […]

Broken Promises, Property Tax Increases and the Myth of Local Control in Ojai, California

A new Truth from the Tap case study shows how the experience in Ojai, California should serve as a cautionary tale for other communities, exposing the ways activists can weave a dishonest narrative and lure citizens into supporting a condemnation takeover under false promises and assumptions. In 2011, activists in Ojai, California, began pushing for […]

Privatization could improve Baltimore’s troubled water system

An op-ed by NAWC president and CEO Rob Powelson was published in the Baltimore Sun titled “Privatization could improve Baltimore’s troubled water system.” In the piece, Powelson details Baltimore’s long time water system woes, including the city’s failure to meet drinking water standards in recent years, poor management and main breaks, and billing inaccuracies. He uses these […]

Private water companies better equipped to provide higher quality systems

In a letter to the editor of the Asbury Park Press, Robert Powelson, NAWC president and CEO, responded to an earlier opinion piece by Food & Water Watch that was filled with inaccurate claims about water companies. In his letter, Powelson sets the record straight by highlighting the higher quality water, significant investment, and operational […]

New Report Shows U.S. Water Systems Dangerously Behind on Capital Improvements

A new report from Bluefield Research – “Looking to 2020 and Beyond: Key Trends and Perspectives in Global Water Markets” found an increasing gap between needs and actual investments in America’s water infrastructure. As Bluefield reports, overall capital investments – the funds spent to support repairs and replacement of infrastructure like water mains, pumps, and […]

New Video Highlights Liability Faced by Municipalities that Run Water Systems

In the latest Truth from the Tap video, we explain the liability municipalities face when they operate their own water and wastewater systems and fail to deliver the quality water communities deserve. The video calls out an example from Hannibal, Missouri where, after being found out of compliance, the city was required by the state to invest […]

Food & Water Watch Trivializes Water Quality Challenges in Letter to Wall Street Journal

In a rebuttal to a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed that highlighted water companies’ superior drinking water quality record, Food & Water Watch (FWW) bizarrely downplayed and dismissed the idea that water quality violations are a challenge for utilities across the country. “While they are not perfect, more than 90% of the nation’s public water […]

Trenton shouldn’t rule out getting help for TWW

In a letter to the editor of the Trentonian, Robert Powelson, NAWC president and CEO, highlights water companies’ strong record of delivering the highest quality drinking water to communities across New Jersey. Powelson cites findings from multiple studies, including one from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and encourages city leaders to work with a […]

TFTT Shares New Resource on How Activists Mislead Communities

After decades of neglect and underinvestment, many water systems in communities across America require critical infrastructure investment. The costs and complexity of these projects are often too large for local governments to tackle on their own, so many turn to water companies for their expertise, experience, and access to capital. However, activists try to mislead […]

Private Water Utilities Stand by Record of Providing Infrastructure Solutions

In a NJ Spotlight op-ed, Rob Powelson, president and CEO of NAWC, shares how water companies are best positioned to provide essential water and sewer services to communities across the country because of their experience, expertise and access to capital to tackle serious water infrastructure challenges. Powelson highlights the struggling water systems in Trenton and […]