As Water Online Chief Editor Kevin Westerling wrote recently, the results of an annual State of the Water Industry (SOTWI) study by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) reflect lower confidence in the industry than in recent years. When asked to rate the current health of their industry on a scale of 1 to 7, the average rating from AWWA members came in at an all-time low of 4.3 — compared to scores ranging between 4.5 and 4.9 in previous surveys.
So what are the chief concerns dragging down water leaders’ confidence? At the top of the list: outdated infrastructure and financing for capital improvement projects — accompanied by long-term availability of water supply and public understanding of the value of water resources.
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