Commentary: Private utilities have a better track record on health

Posted on Jan 21, 2020

Commentary: Private utilities have a better track record on health

In a commentary published Jan. 2, 2020 in the Wall Street Journal, author Seth M. Siegel describes proposals by two presidential candidates to prohibit privatization of infrastructure for water treatment and delivery and provide incentives for communities to terminate contracts with private waters suppliers and restore water utilities to public ownership and management.

He points out that such proposals “punish what’s proven to work: high-performing, investor-owned water utilities.” Siegel writes, “While there are many excellent municipal water suppliers, academic studies consistently show that for-profit companies do a better job than government entities at removing contaminants from drinking water, as concluded last year in a report from the National Academy of Sciences.”

Read the full commentary at: https://www.wsj.com/articles/warren-has-a-plan-for-your-drinking-waterbut-its-risky-11578008889