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

Nearly half of Americans are “water savvy conservationists”

Nearly half of Americans are "water savvy conservationists" Researchers at the University of Florida have classified Americans into three buckets, so to speak, when it comes to outdoor water conservation. In bucket number one are the "water savvy conservationists" who are most likely to be miserly in their outdoor irrigation. They adopt practices such as [...]

By |June 14th, 2017|Communications, Conservation, 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, [...]

Americans support more spending on water infrastructure

Americans support more spending on water infrastructure Many of President Donald Trump's campaign promises and early moves in office have sparked controversy and highlighted deep divisions within the country. But one of Trump's proposals--spending $1 trillion to fix the nation's infrastructure--has broad, bipartisan support, according to numerous public opinion surveys. Water projects are only expected to [...]

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 [...]

Yale climate opinion maps visualize American attitudes toward warming

Yale climate opinion maps visualize American attitudes toward warming The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication has produced a great set of maps that illustrate what Americans think about global warming. What's special about these maps is their high-resolution: you can zoom in to understand public opinion on the level of states, counties, congressional districts, [...]

Water-related findings in new Conservation in the West Poll

Water-related findings in new Conservation in the West Poll The Conservation in the West Poll of voters in seven Mountain West states has once again found bipartisan backing for protecting the region's water, land, and other natural resources. Since 2011, Colorado College's State of the Rockies Project has released its annual survey, which probes public attitudes toward environmental [...]