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Argument: Politics often prevent elected officials from investing in water utilities

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  • Reason Public Policy Institute. "Policy Brief 17: Opening the Floodgates: Why Water Privatization Will Continue". August 2001 - "Lack of Political Will. It 's often difficult for local officials to commit to making the necessary investments in community water systems. Water pipes and sewer mains are not visible and not perceived as immediately critical for adequate funding. It is easier for elected officials to ignore them in favor of expenditures for more visible services, such as police and fire. Additionally, water and sewer rates do not adequately cover the actual cost of providing services in many municipalities-but raising water and sewer rates to cover operations and maintenance as well as capital replacement is an unpopular move for elected officials."

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