From Excess to Entropy: Municipal Water Services Governance in the United States
  • Dan ZhaoEmail author
  • A. Wren Montgomery
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Water Governance: Policy and Practice book series (PSWG)


Water was long considered plentiful and even infinite in many parts of the United States (US). However, the US today faces numerous water services challenges including reduced quality of supply, decay of infrastructure, increasing rates, access and affordability issues, lead contamination, and a series of very public confrontations and standoffs over public versus private ownership, water governance, water rights, and the human right to water. This chapter offers a summary of the extant literature on US municipal water services, public reports, key regulations, and case studies of water conflicts and crises in Flint and Detroit. In doing so, we argue that the plentiful, clean, and low-cost water resources the US long enjoyed can no longer be taken for granted and new approaches are required.


Municipal Water Services Public Versus Private Michigan Department Of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Public Water Systems 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ross School of Business, University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.Ivey Business School, Western UniversityLondonCanada

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