Private water companies maintain high-quality water
The National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) announced that its member companies’ annual water quality reports are available. These reports compare drinking water quality to state and federal standards and are required annually of water providers.
“These reports show private water companies have a stellar record of providing high-quality drinking water, underscoring their commitment to consistently make the necessary investments to improve water infrastructure,” said Michael Deane, executive director of NAWC.
As a requirement of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Safe Drinking Water Act, nearly all Americans receive notices about the quality of their water from their water utilities. These annual notices, called Consumer Confidence Reports (CCRs), provide important printed and online information about the levels of contaminants in source water and the quality of the treated drinking water delivered to the tap.
A recently published study (Konisky, D., and Teodoro, M., 2015, When Governments Regulate Governments) concluded that private water utilities have significantly fewer violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act than the national average.
Private water professionals consistently monitor and test the untreated source water. These same professionals also monitor and test the water that has been treated to ensure the water meets or exceeds federal and state regulatory requirements. Due to recent technological advances, contaminants can now be detected down to parts per billion levels.