Results from the Fourth Annual Value of Water Index
Recently, the Value of Water Campaign released the results from its fourth annual national poll. The poll found continual, significant bipartisan support for water infrastructure investments: 85 percent of American voters support increasing federal water infrastructure investment. The need for capital water infrastructure improvements continue to rise, but federal investment is not keeping pace putting both local communities and the greater economy at risk. The poll found most voters are willing to pay more for improved water service, but overwhelmingly want the federal government to step up and address the issue.
Key poll findings include:
"Water is essential to everything we do, and our drinking and wastewater systems are incredible achievements. But after operating 24/7/365 for decades or even a century, these systems are in need of repair," states Radhika Fox, CEO of the US Water Alliance. "Federal appropriations for key water infrastructure loan programs have decreased in recent years, and overall federal support for water infrastructure is a fraction of what it was in the past. Policymakers need to listen to Americans, who overwhelmingly want their government to focus on issues like investing in infrastructure."
The poll release coincides with Water Week, a national effort lead by water professionals from across the country. This poll measured responses from 1,000 registered voters and was conducted by the bipartisan research team of Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz, and Associates and New Bridge Strategy.
About The Value of Water Campaign
The Value of Water Campaign educates and inspires the nation about how water is essential, invaluable, and in need of investment. Spearheaded by top leaders in the water industry, the Value of Water Campaign is building public and political will for investment in America's water infrastructure. For more information, visit www.thevalueofwater.org.
SOURCE: The Value of Water Campaign