Water resources are actually under much greater stress in parts of the world where environmentalists have less influence. In the Middle East and North Africa, and to a lesser extent in China and India, limited freshwater supplies are rapidly diminishing. The implied water price increases would dramatically boost the value of efficient water management.
When PPP contractors underestimate the long-term funding required for a project, they risk losing money later. Long-run expenses like maintenance are often underestimated when traditional government projects are approved. As a result, our public infrastructure deteriorates prematurely.