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Public Water Works!

Turn on a tap almost anywhere in the U.S., and you’re just about guaranteed clean, safe water filling up your glass.

For more than a century, public water systems have been vital to growing the economy, creating jobs and vastly improving the public’s health.

But today, the nation’s tap faces a troubling $23 billion annual investment gap. In the last 35 years, investment in and commitment to public water systems have all but dried up. The infrastructure that we all rely on for our water is aging and in desperate need of attention. Learn More

73% of people in the U.S. believe government investment in safe, public water systems is very important.

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The partnership is part of a larger trend of the federal government's growing reliance on corporations, as well as non-profits, to help solve sustainability challenges. Whether it's helping with natural disaster recovery, tree planting or protecting other watersheds, public-private partnerships, it seems, are here to stay. But are these types of partnerships an effective way to protect the environment, or do they amount to corporate greenwashing? Well, that's a complicated question, and the answer depends on whom you ask. Experts take extremely divided stances on both sides.
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"Drink Up", helmed by Michelle Obama and the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), aims to boost our nation’s health by encouraging everyone to drink more water. Big Soda would have the public believe that it wants to be part of the solution. But its not-so-hidden agenda shows otherwise.
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Public Water Works! campaign director Erin Diaz delivered a statement at a Boston City Council public hearing called to investigate Veolia’s alleged labor abuses in its operation of the BPS bus system.


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