- 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 infrastructure.
- 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 problems.
To view the full results of the Index, visit http://www.xyleminc.com/valueofwater/.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 www.xyleminc.com.