Author ORCID Identifier

George C. Homsy: 0000-0002-4470-1437

Mildred E. Warner: 0000-0002-0109-338X

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2020

Keywords

drinking water disconnection (shutoff), water resource management, municipal ownership

Abstract

What differentiates local governments that implement water policies on equity and the environment? Analyzing a 2015 survey of 1,897 U.S. municipalities, we find municipalities that own their water utilities more likely have policies to protect low-income residents from disconnection and to implement water resource management. Respondents from 8% of municipalities report protecting residents from disconnection. State economic regulation of publicly owned utilities and Democrat-majority municipal governments are positively associated with policies protecting low-income households from shutoffs but bear no association with resource management. Public ownership of utilities and state economic regulation may play a role in meeting water policy goals.

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Publisher Attribution

doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jup.2020.101057

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

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