Xylem Inc. Value of Water Index reveals Americans willing to pay more to improve U.S. water infrastructure

  Xylem Inc. Value of Water Index reveals Americans willing to pay more to
  improve U.S. water infrastructure

      Index shows a new consciousness is needed about water in the U.S.

Business Wire

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- November 14, 2012

A majority of Americans, 77 percent, are concerned about the state of U.S.
water infrastructure, and 61 percent are willing to pay more to fix it.
Despite this general consensus, few Americans are aware of their water
consumption, or the extent to which water infrastructure problems could impact
them personally. These findings are part of the 2012 Value of Water Index
released today at the American Water Summit in Chicago by Xylem Inc. (NYSE:
XYL), a leading global water technology company focused on addressing the
world’s most challenging water issues. The 2012 Xylem Value of Water Index is
the second installment of the Value of Water Study and is complemented by
independent research from the Columbia Water Center.

The Xylem Value of Water Index, a nationwide poll of American voters detailing
what they think should be done about the country’s water crisis and who should
pay for it, also found that most Americans have been affected by water issues
and hold all levels of government responsible for investing in water
infrastructure. Key Index findings include:

  *A growing number of voters - 88 percent - believe U.S. water
    infrastructure needs reform; an 8 percent increase since 2010.
  *More than three-quarters of Americans are concerned about U.S. water
  *Nearly 90 percent of Americans reported having personally felt the impact
    of water shortages and contamination.
  *Despite recent rate increases, 61 percent of Americans are willing to pay
    a little more each month to upgrade U.S. water infrastructure. Americans
    are willing to pay an average of $7.70 more per month, up from $6.20 more
    per month in 2010.
  *Eighty-eight percent of Americans believe that Federal, state or local
    government should be held accountable for fixing water infrastructure

“We launched the 2012 Xylem Value of Water Index because we want to determine
exactly what people think about water and what they are willing to do to
ensure they have access to this vital resource,” said Gretchen McClain,
Xylem’s president and CEO. “Keeping our water systems running efficiently to
provide safe water to our citizens must become a national priority, and as the
Index demonstrates, a majority of Americans agree. This unseen crisis must
become a shared responsibility.”

According to the American Water Works Association (AWWA), for every $10
billion spent on water-related projects, an additional 400,000 jobs could be
created. Xylem believes the water industry must play a leadership role in
raising public awareness of the nation’s decaying water infrastructure. Xylem
supports full water pricing and the development of conservation and reuse
incentives on both an individual and corporate level.

To view the full results of the Index, visit

About the 2012 Xylem Value of Water Index

The 2012 Xylem Value of Water Index is based on a telephone study of 1,008
American voters age 18 years and older and an oversample of 250 New York City
residents. The national sample of voters is representative of the 2006 U.S.
voting population on gender, age, region and ethnicity. The margins of error
at the 95 percent confidence level are +/- 3.1 percent for the voter sample,
and +/- 6.2 percent for New York City oversample. The study was approximately
30 minutes in duration, utilizing computer-assisted telephone interviewing
(CATI) technology. The study was conducted between August 16 and 23, 2012.

The Value of Water Survey has been conducted twice; it was first issued in
2010. The 2012 study builds on the 2010 results, providing new insights into
public perception of the U.S. water crisis.

About Xylem

Xylem (XYL) is a leading global water technology provider, enabling customers
to transport, treat, test and efficiently use water in public utility,
residential and commercial building services, industrial and agricultural
settings. The company does business in more than 150 countries through a
number of market-leading product brands, and its people bring broad
applications expertise with a strong focus on finding local solutions to the
world’s most challenging water and wastewater problems. Launched in 2011 from
the spinoff of the water-related businesses of ITT Corporation, Xylem is
headquartered in White Plains, N.Y., with 2011 revenues of $3.8 billion and
12,500 employees worldwide. In 2012, Xylem was named to the Dow Jones
Sustainability World Index for advancing sustainable business practices and
solutions worldwide.

The name Xylem is derived from classical Greek and is the tissue that
transports water in plants, highlighting the engineering efficiency of our
water-centric business by linking it with the best water transportation of all
-- that which occurs in nature. For more information, please visit us at


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