WATER EQUITY

Everyone should have access to water that is safe, reliable, and affordable.

The pandemic brought a renewed focus on the essential role water service plays in protecting public health. At the same time, the economic fallout left more households struggling to pay their utility bills. These dual realities created an urgent focus on water equity. NAWC members are advancing water equity through efforts that uphold Five Principles of Water Equity.

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“NAWC and its members firmly believe that safe drinking water is a moral imperative and there is no room for cutting corners on investment. While water service is affordable to the majority of customers, there are still some who struggle and NAWC is committed to being a part of the solution.

With that in mind, NAWC developed five principles for water equity to formalize the core beliefs and priorities driving our industry’s efforts to expand access to safe, reliable and affordable water. These principles are just one piece of the industry’s broader effort to better diagnose the challenges of customers and water providers and articulate solutions at the state and federal level.”

Robert Powelson

Robert F. Powelson, President & Chief Executive Officer,
National Association of Water Companies

NAWC National Association of Water Companies

NAWC’s Five Principles for Water Equity

1

Everyone should have access to water that is safe, reliable and affordable

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2

Focus on the customer

3

Never compromise on providing safe and reliable water

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4

Invest in communities

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5

Develop partnerships and encourage water system consolidation

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