US consumers organize to oppose privatization of water utilities
Private sector shows interest as US nears the limits of its water supplies.
by Shiney Varghese, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, on AlterNet
April 8, 2008 — Public water systems are failing, several states are setting severe water use restrictions, and key water sources are drying up.
I am amazed: since last summer, almost every day we see at least one news story on another water crisis in the US. The water crisis is no longer something that we know about as affecting developing countries or their poor in particular. It is right here in our own backyard. Today, in many parts of the US, we are nearing the limits of our water supplies. And that is getting our attention. The writing has been on the wall for some time. The private sector has been showing much interest in water as a source of profit, and water privatization has been an issue in many parts of the country.
The failure in public water systems has indeed been a contributing factor for this interest. In many cities, consumers have been organizing and opposing the privatization of water utilities, because they have been concerned about affordability or deterioration in the quality of service. . .
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The US Nears the Limits of Its Water Supplies, by Shiney Varghese, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. Posted on AlterNet April 8, 2008.
Posted: May 08, 2008
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