Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2013 - (Page 18)

MAKING A LEGISLATIVE IMPACT Broad support Poll finds that Americans are willing to spend on water infrastructure WASHINGTON MAY BE bitterly divided over the role and size of government, but a recent public-opinion poll shows that clean water is one government service almost all Americans can agree on. According to the 2012 Xylem Value of Water Index, 98 percent of Americans believe everyone deserves access to clean water, and 97 percent view water as an important service. Such overwhelming numbers are rarely seen in public-opinion polls, regardless of the topic. By way of comparison, when Public Policy Polling asked voters in January to choose between cockroaches and Congress, the bugs won in a squeaker, 45 percent to 43 percent. The takeaway: Americans value clean water and are willing to put their money where their mouths are. The survey found that 70 percent of respondents are willing to pay more to ensure that all Americans have access to clean water, and 75 percent are willing to pay more for water infrastructure that saves energy. 18 • First Quarter 2013 Eighty-eight percent of respondents believe government entities have a role to play in solving water-related issues. A plurality, 39 percent, most trusted their local and municipal governments to address water infrastructure, with 27 percent preferring their state government and 22 percent the federal government. Xylem is a global water technology provider that enables customers to transport, treat, test and efficiently use water in public utility, residential and commercial building services as well as industrial and agricultural settings. The White Plains, N.Y.-based company was formed in 2011 from the spinoff of the ITT Corp.’s water-related businesses. The Xylem Value of Water Index is a national poll of voters’ views about the country’s water crisis and how it should be addressed. The first survey was conducted by ITT Corp. in 2010. The second survey, conducted last August, included telephone interviews with 1,008 adults, including According to the 2012 Xylem Value of Water Index, 98 percent of Americans believe everyone deserves access to clean water, and 97 percent view water as an important service. Such overwhelming numbers are rarely seen in public-opinion polls, regardless of the topic. http://www.naylornetwork.com/nrw-nxt/

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2013

From The President
The Election: What It Means For Rural Water and For Rural America
NRWA...Changing The Language In Washington, D.C.
Broad Support: Poll Finds That Americans Are Willing To Spend On Water Infrastructure
Let Your Voice Be Heard
New Year's Resolution: Stop Mailing Those CCRS and Appreciate The Power of an Association
Regulatory Update
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers/Advertisers.com
From The CEO

Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2013

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