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Paris Mayor returns municipal water services to public hands

Is the global water privatization trend ending?

Mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoe, advises other municipalities to do the same.by Julio Godoy, AlterNet

PARIS — The announcement by the Paris municipality that water services will return to public hands by 2010 is in line with a global trend of ending privatisation of such services.

Mayor Bertrand Delanoe announced June 2 that the municipal administration would regain control of all water services for the city, ending a private monopoly that has lasted more than 100 years.

The contracts with the world's two biggest water service companies, Suez and Veolia, will not be extended after Dec. 31, 2009.

"We want to offer a better service, at a better price," Delanoe said. "We also promise that prices would be stable."

Delanoe said his administration will encourage other municipalities in the Ile de France region around Paris to end privatisation of water services.

"That France, once known as the heartland of water privatisation, is embracing a return to public management of water services, is a strong signal in this new pattern,". . .

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  Is the Water Privatization Trend Ending? by Julio Godoy, IPS News, posted on AlterNet, June 30, 2008

Posted: August 14, 2008

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