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Hard Lessons Learned in Edison, New Jersey As Water Rates Skyrocket

For a moment, let’s take a stroll down memory lane to 2019 when the activist group Food & Water Watch pulled out all the stops to block Edison, New Jersey from considering private water solutions to address the city’s water infrastructure needs. After Food & Water Watch waged an aggressive public misinformation campaign, the township […]

Powelson Responds to Esquire

An Esquire Politics columnist recently wrote a piece entitled “Privatizing Your Water Supply is Generally a Terrible Idea,” which attacked water system privatization and was critical of NAWC member companies. In response, NAWC president and CEO Rob Powelson penned a comprehensive response to the author’s criticisms, detailing the many benefits of working with professional water companies. Read the full […]

Truth from the Tap Launches Contract Operations-Focused Toolkit

Partnerships with contract operators of water systems come in many forms. Under what’s called a contract operations arrangement, or public-private partnership, communities can rely on contract operators to address crucial infrastructure needs ranging from achieving environmental compliance to accessing capital for infrastructure projects. Working with a contract operator is a proven solution for communities with […]

Three Ways Corporate Accountability Gets It So Wrong In Latest Report

Earlier this year, Corporate Accountability released a report claiming that cities and towns across the country have the ability to single-handedly address all the challenges facing their water and wastewater systems without turning to the private water industry’s so-called “false solutions.” However, each assertion the group presents is laden with inaccurate representations of the challenges […]

New Video Highlights Why Communities Should Ignore Activist Misinformation

The latest Truth from the Tap video explains why communities should ignore the misinformation put out by the activist group Food & Water Watch when making decisions about the future of their water systems. The video specifically talks about how the group is focused on blocking proven solutions and does not employ anyone with actual experience […]

Water companies and their essential employees keep water flowing during health crisis

Activists use pandemic to push unsound policy proposals We are, without a doubt, living through a historic, unprecedented time that has brought enormous challenges and uncertainties to the doorstep of every American household – a record spike in unemployment, a paralyzed economy, and public health concerns that most have never seen in their lifetime. Americans […]

New Factsheet Highlights Council of Canadians “Blue Community” Deception

The latest Truth from the Tap factsheet breaks down what it really means to be labeled a “Blue Community” by the activist group Council of Canadians and how this meaningless designation does nothing to strengthen and support a community’s water and wastewater services. By capturing the experience in Los Angeles – the United States’ first […]

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 […]