United Water service failures indicative of problems
American cities suffer under privatized utilities.
by Common Dreams
WASHINGTON – June 4: Billing problems, poor system maintenance, repair delays, workforce reductions and other cost-cutting measures are just some of the many problems plaguing United Water, reveals a new report released today by the national consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch. Entitled United Water: Suez Environnement's Poor Record in the United States, the report details how this subsidiary of the French corporation Suez Environnement, and the second-largest private operator of municipal water systems in the US, compromises consumer and environmental safety at the expense of profits.
"The many problems experienced by communities that have suffered under United Water's so-called 'service' illustrate why the movement to stop the privatization of water is gaining momentum," said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch. "While private water companies such as United Water often promise to improve the quality of aging, underfunded water systems, most communities find that their water service actually deteriorates under private control."...
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Posted: June 11, 2010
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