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    Trump Wants to Sell Our Water to Wall Street

    “Trump Wants to Sell Our Water to Wall Street,” says Food & Water Watch. “The bulk of this agenda is to raise rates and privatize public systems. Water bills would need to skyrocket to allow Wall Street to profit, leading to unaffordable bills and more water shutoffs. Food & Water Watch has researched the price of privatization: privately owned water systems charge 59% more than publicly owned systems.”

    Source: Food & Water Watch

    Oregon activists win an 8-year battle to block Nestlé Waters’ plan to bottle water in Cascade Locks

    Oregon activists win an 8-year battle to block Nestlé Waters’ plan to bottle water in Cascade Locks, which some said would amount to “privatizing a public resource for corporate profits.” A referendum to ban large water bottling operations in Hood River County won with 68% on the vote. “The plan has faced opposition from the start, despite widespread support among the town's leadership. Measure 14-55 was the latest wave of backlash in a years long battle. Julia DeGraw, an organizer for Food and Water Watch, a national group leading the Nestle opposition in Oregon, called Tuesday's victory ‘proof that voters are smart. When you talk to them about something as crucial as their water, which is necessary for an agricultural economy, right after they have a drought, there is not enough misinformation the opposition can throw at voters to make them buy it.’”

    Source: OregonLive.com

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    Water Equals Life. How Privatization Undermines the Human Right to Water

    Due to a misalignment of public and private interests, bad regulation and poor implementation, public private partnerships can fail to achieve their goals and lead to increases in the price of water service. The U.N. General Assembly declared in July 2010 that access to clean water and sanitation is an essential human right, calling on states and organizations to help provide access for the 884 million people currently without safe drinking water and the more than 2.6 billion people without basic sanitation. In the past, public-private partnerships -- agreements between governments and water companies for the private operation of publicly owned water systems -- were heralded as a solution to meeting this crucial need. However, evidence is mounting that private control of water services can actually stand in the way of the human right to water more than it can help achieve it.