Americans willing to pay more for quality water

20 November 2012

Here are some results from a value of water survey conducted by Xylem Inc to gauge the opinion of water consumers in the US:

A majority of Americans, 77 percent, are concerned about the state of U.S. water infrastructure, and 61 percent are willing to pay more to fix it.

Key Index findings include:

  • A growing number of voters – 88 percent – believe U.S. water infrastructure needs reform; an 8 percent increase since 2010.
  • More than three-quarters of Americans are concerned about U.S. water infrastructure.
  • Nearly 90 percent of Americans reported having personally felt the impact of water shortages and contamination.
  • Despite recent rate increases, 61 percent of Americans are willing to pay a little more each month to upgrade U.S. water infrastructure. Americans are willing to pay an average of $7.70 more per month, up from $6.20 more per month in 2010.
  • Eighty-eight percent of Americans believe that Federal, state or local government should be held accountable for fixing water infrastructure problems.

Sudbury (Ontario, Canada) has featured in Droplets quite a few times – and it’s back again. ¬†This time it’s Makada Lake (used to be known as Black Lake) – which has an algal bloom this LATE in the year – with their website showing a temperature of 1 degree and fog! ¬†Whose going near the lake I wonder?

Oh, and that pongy bloom in Lake Buchanan (Florida) is still a cause for complaint.

All quiet everywhere else it seems!



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