By Radhika Fox, CEO, US Water Alliance

October 19, 2015

This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of The Value of Water Coalition between April 9 and April 13, 2015 among 2,023 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. Highlights from the survey include: 

Many Americans are currently living with epic drought conditions. How important is it for local water providers, as well as state and federal government, to invest in strategies and programs that help develop sustainable water supplies?

  • 82% of respondents think its extremely important/important to invest in strategies and programs that develop sustainable water supplies. The specific breakout:
    • 54% said its extremely important
    • 27% said it’s important
    • 16% said it’s somewhat important
    • Only 3% said it’s not at all important

The infrastructure that brings water to and from American homes is more than 100 years old and breaking down in many communities. The primary source of funding to modernize and repair this infrastructure is the revenue collected by local water and wastewater providers from their customers. Water and sewer bills—which average about a penny per gallon—typically cost a fraction of other utilities.

Given the information you’ve just read, how much do you agree or disagree with the following statement?

Water bills need to increase to repair and modernize water and wastewater infrastructure.

  • 56% strongly/somewhat agree. That breakout is:
    • 10% strongly agree
    • 46% somewhat agree
  • 44% strongly/somewhat disagree. That breakout is:
    • 29% somewhat disagree
    • 16% strongly disagree