Several members of Congress, as well as the Obama administration, have recognized the need to improve our country’s valuable drinking water and wastewater systems. They are pursuing commendable policies, including reauthorization of the Clean Water Act and creation of a Clean Water Trust Fund, which will help improve water quality and protect waterways across the nation.
While working through the details of such legislation, it is important to ensure wise allocation of taxpayer money. Because of the underlying costs associated with private operation, the public should not subsidize for-profit water services. Below are common questions with answers that can help clarify why public money for public utilities is the best deal for taxpayers.