Xylem Inc. Value of Water Index reveals water is top infrastructure priority
for New Yorkers
Water infrastructure surpasses subways as top concern; residents willing to
pay more for safe water
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- March 28, 2013
A majority of New Yorkers, 82 percent, believe upgrading water and wastewater
systems should be the main infrastructure focus for the city; two-thirds are
willing to pay higher rates to see this happen. These findings were part of
the 2012 Value of Water Index, a national survey on Americans’ perceptions of
water, and were released today by Xylem Inc. (NYSE: XYL), a leading global
water technology company.
*70 percent of New Yorkers believe the U.S. water infrastructure system
needs major reform or a complete overhaul.
*63 percent of New Yorkers are willing to pay an average of $8.30 more per
month to finance water infrastructure upgrades.
*This would mean approximately $188 million more per year for the
city’s water infrastructure.
*Nearly all New Yorkers, 91 percent, are concerned about our nation’s water
*More than three-quarters of New Yorkers, 77 percent, would demand
policymakers take action to address this issue, compared with 57 percent
“We launched the 2012 Xylem Value of Water Index to determine exactly what
people think about water and what they are willing to do to ensure access to
this vital resource,” said Gretchen McClain, Xylem president and CEO. “The New
York data shows that New Yorkers are even more concerned about water
infrastructure issues than the rest of the country, and they’re willing to do
more to address the issue, and this is great news for the city’s water.”
New York City, through the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), has
made significant investments in water infrastructure projects. Xylem
recognizes and applauds this foresight, but New Yorkers still have cause for
concern: city water systems are 150 years old, making them some of the oldest
in the world. With an average daily demand of 1.2 billion gallons, they are
also some of the largest. This combination of age and demand is straining the
ability of these systems to function properly. In 2008, the New York State
Department of Health estimated New York City’s 20-year capital needs to be
more than $28 billion, nearly 75 percent of the estimate for the entire state
Part of the reason for this funding gap is that despite increasing rates in
many parts of the country, including New York, most Americans pay artificially
low rates for their water, which obscures the value of water while
discouraging conservation. As a result, water utilities, even when they get
funding to fix specific problems, are starved of the resources they need to
enact long-term plans to modernize pipes and treatment systems – and New
Yorkers and Americans alike suffer. Xylem believes that the best way to ensure
a steady, reliable supply of clean water to New York, and other communities
across America, is by fostering a sustainable model for water utilities, which
by definition is predicated on fair water pricing.
The Water Environment Federation estimates that $1 billion invested in water
and wastewater infrastructure can create more than 26,000 jobs.
To view the full results of the Index, visit
http://www.xyleminc.com/valueofwater/. This Index presents the results of
research conducted on a sample of New York City voters. Xylem understands that
the results present a generalization of the opinions of the larger population.
See below an overview of the Index methodology.
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 aged 18 years and older. 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. 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 the 2012 Xylem Value of Water New York Index
The 2012 Xylem Value of Water New York Index is based on a telephone study of
an oversample of 250 New York City registered voters. The margins of error at
the 95 percent confidence level are +/- 6.2 percent for the New York City
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. Xylem is headquartered
in White Plains, N.Y., with 2012 revenues of $3.8 billion and approximately
12,700 employees 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
Jennifer Jacob, 914-406-3276
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