Does public ownership of utilities matter for local government water policies?
George C. Homsy and
Mildred E. Warner
Utilities Policy, 2020, vol. 64, issue C
What differentiates local governments that implement water policies on equity and the environment? Analyzing a 2015 national survey of 1,897 U.S. municipalities, we find municipalities that own their water utilities are more likely to report policies to protect low-income residents from disconnection and implement water resource management. Respondents from 8% of municipalities report protecting residents from disconnection. State economic regulation of municipally owned utilities and Democrat-majority municipal governments are positively associated with local policies to protect low-income households from shutoffs but bear no association with resource management. Both municipal ownership of utilities and state economic regulation may play a role in meeting certain local water policy goals.
Keywords: Drinking water disconnection (shutoff); Water resource management; Municipal ownership (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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