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 that is unsafe to drink.
A new Truth from the Tap resource details the top seven ways this so-called study gets it so very wrong:
- Ignores water utility performance
- Ignores affordability programs
- Uses an unrepresentative dataset
- Uses an unbalanced dataset
- Relies on old rate data
- Ignores non-rate revenues
- Ignores differences in taxes
For these many reasons, this “study” is discredited and is nothing more than an attempt by anti-private water activists to push their ideologically-driven agenda.