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Powelson highlights exceptional record of water companies in Providence letter

In a letter to the Providence Journal, Robert Powelson, president and chief executive officer of the National Association of Water Companies, corrects inaccurate claims made about water companies and the solutions they could offer to help address the city’s water system needs. Powelson’s letter cites findings from a 2018 study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that […]

Activists Celebrate ‘Huge Victory’ of Protecting Failing Status Quo in Baltimore

Last week, Corporate Accountability International (CAI) sent an email blast to supporters that celebrated a “huge victory” in Baltimore. And earlier this week, Food & Water Watch (FWW) excitedly claimed that Baltimore had “emerged as a water justice leader.” So, why all the fanfare? On the heels of a coordinated misinformation campaign, these activists convinced […]

New Case Study Exposes Faulty Condemnation Narrative in Visalia

Truth from the Tap has added a new resource to its Condemnation Toolkit – a case study on the failed condemnation effort in Visalia, California. The water system in Visalia has been owned and operated by California Water Service (Cal Water) since 1926. Cal Water employs more than 60 water professionals in Visalia who together […]

Baltimore Residents Should Heed Warning About Limiting Water System Options

Earlier this year, NAWC president and CEO Rob Powelson penned an op-ed for the Baltimore Sun in which he pushed back against the recent effort to ban water system privatization in Baltimore. In advance of the November 6th ballot measure vote on Question E, it is crucial for Baltimore residents to recognize the false rates and local […]

Costs and Broken Promises Continue to Mount Following Government Takeover in Missoula

In a guest column for the Missoulian, Quentin Rhoades, a local attorney, speaks out against the disastrous government takeover of Missoula, Montana’s privately-owned, professionally-managed water system. In the column, Rhoades chastises the Missoula Mayor for pitching the takeover as a successful David v. Goliath story to the city of Monterey, California, which is currently considering […]

Former Illinois Commerce Commission Chair: Government Takeover of Water System Would Be a Bad Deal for Peoria

Last week, Philip O’Connor, the former chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC), penned an op-ed about why a government takeover of Peoria’s water system, owned and managed by Illinois American Water, would be a bad deal for residents. Specifically, he notes it would “remove the ICC’s professional and independent regulation of water service including […]

New Infographic Details Transparent Rate Setting for California’s Water Companies

The latest Truth from the Tap infographic, included in the newly launched California microsite, illustrates how water rates are set for California’s largest regulated water utilities. Rates are set by an independent agency – the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) – after a comprehensive, transparent process that protects communities by ensuring adequate investment in safe, […]

Truth from the Tap Launches California-Focused Campaign Toolkit

Activists have increasingly pushed misinformation in California about the stringent, independent regulatory oversight process for water companies, helping to bolster talk of hostile government takeovers of privately-owned, professionally-operated water systems in the state. As a result, Truth from the Tap has launched a new toolkit – – to provide stakeholders with valuable, fact-based information […]

Experience in Whittier Shows Food & Water Watch’s Narrative on Water Rates is Misleading

An article in the Whittier Daily News details a decision by Whittier, California’s government-run water utility to significantly raise water rates to fund water delivery costs and much needed system improvements. Food & Water Watch has long pushed a false narrative about water companies – that the water rates for water company customers are higher […]

Inframark’s Stephane Bouvier: NAWC Launches New Contract Operations Committee

Originally posted at Water is an essential resource that directly affects our quality of life. That’s why it is crucial that water systems are cared for and managed by professionals with the expertise and resources to keep water service safe and reliable. Contract operators provide unique benefits to a water or wastewater infrastructure owner […]