Author ORCID Identifier
George C. Homsy: 0000-0002-4470-1437
Mildred E. Warner: 0000-0002-0109-338X
drinking water disconnection (shutoff), water resource management, municipal ownership
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.
Homsy, G.C., Warner, M.E., Does public ownership of utilities matter for localgovernment water policies?, Utilities Policy (2020), doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jup.2020.101057
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