Measuring the yuck factor: recycled water and public opinion

Measuring the yuck factor: recycled water and public opinion Some people call it "purified water." Others deride the process of turning wastewater into potable supplies as "toilet to tap." Whatever you call it, recycling sewage into drinking water is something we're likely to see more of as communities look for new sources to support growing [...]

By |July 25th, 2017|California, Communications, Drought, Quality, Supply|0 Comments

Most Americans think climate change is already impacting water supply

Most Americans think climate change is already impacting water supply A new survey sponsored by Nestlé Waters North America has found 66% of U.S. consumers think their own community's water supply is at risk and 71% believe climate change is impacting access to clean water. The May 2016 survey, conducted by market research firm PSB, [...]

Americans avoid drinking from tap, oppose smaller federal role in water safety

Americans avoid drinking from tap, oppose smaller federal role in water safety An AP-GfK water poll found that only one-third Americans drink straight from their tap, largely due to taste and contamination concerns. The national poll, conducted in February 2016, also recorded strong opposition to reducing the federal government's involvement in water safety. The pollsters [...]

By |June 26th, 2017|AP-GfK, Quality, United States|0 Comments

Water Quality Association survey: concerns over contaminants

Water Quality Association survey: concerns over contaminants A recent national poll revealed high levels of concern over water quality, especially lead contamination. The Water Quality Association survey also found that 52% of Americans think that federal laws governing drinking water quality are not strict enough. “News coverage of the Flint, Michigan lead crisis likely played into the rise of [...]

Q&A with pollster Dave Metz

Q&A: my interview with pollster Dave Metz Pollster Dave Metz Dave Metz is one of the nation’s leading experts on public opinion related to water and other natural resource issues. Metz, a partner at Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates, has provided opinion research and strategic guidance to hundreds of non-profits, government agencies, [...]

Water issues probed in Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll

Water issues probed in Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll Americans say contaminated water is as serious a health problem as heroin abuse, according to an April 2016 survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation. As part of its longstanding Health Tracking Poll, the Kaiser Family Foundation asked Americans to rate a series of health issues facing [...]

Gallup: rising concern over water pollution

Gallup: rising concern over water pollution Gallup recently released data from its annual environment poll and reported that Americans are more worried about their water than at any time since 2001. Source: Gallup More concern among non-white, low-income Americans Gallup also reported that non-white and low-income Americans express greater worry about water pollution. "The [...]

By |April 10th, 2017|Gallup, Quality, United States|1 Comment

6 things I learned by studying public opinion on water

6 things I learned by studying public opinion on water Over the past six months, I’ve been working at the intersection of two professional passions: water and public opinion. With support from the Water Funder Initiative, a collaborate effort by foundations to make our water systems more sustainable, I’ve been analyzing what we know about [...]

3 takeaways from Gallup’s polling on water

3 takeaways from Gallup's water polling For decades, Gallup has asked Americans about their water and it has found plenty of worry, especially over pollution. The Gallup poll doesn't delve deeply into water policy. But it's a useful national barometer for concern over water. "Polluted drinking water and the pollution of rivers, lakes and reservoirs have [...]

By |January 18th, 2017|Gallup, Quality, Supply, United States|1 Comment

Conservation in the West Poll: worries over water, support for efficiency

Conservation in the West Poll: worries over water, support for efficiency The State of the Rockies Project's Conservation in the West Poll provides a detailed portrait of how residents in the intermountain West think about a variety of natural resource issues, including water. This annual poll, conducted since 2011, covers Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New [...]