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Victory for anti-privatization activists

In a victory for anti-privatization activists, the National Water Commission (Conagua) has postponed the entry into force for six months of the new Conagua Digital system. Several social organizations have denounced Conagua for its plan to “open national waters to massive privatization through the automatic and unconditional granting of concessions” over the internet until they are exhausted.

Mexico City needs more planning for its water system

Jesús Villanueva Manzo, a specialist in engineering and hydraulic infrastructure, says that Mexico City needs more planning for its water system. “He explained that to avoid a possible privatization of water, close wells, treat leaks in the water network, rescue the National Canal, rehabilitate the treatment plant of Cerro de la Estrella and establish a domiciliary program of capture of rainwater,” will only cushion the water problem, not solve it.

Privatization of water should be prohibited by law

Senate President Marti Batres says the privatization of water should be prohibited by law. “The Morena legislator said it is a cyclical issue, given the intention of President Enrique Peña Nieto to grant concessions for the exploitation of water before concluding his mandate, and although they can be revoked by Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador when he assumes government, it is important to establish in law the explicit prohibition of delivering the country's water resources to individuals.”

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Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2018

"The world is off-track in terms of achieving sustainable development and fundamental policy changes are necessary to unleash the transformative potential of the SDGs.” This is the main message of the Spotlight Report 2018, the most comprehensive independent assessment of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The report was launched on 9 July, the opening day of the High Level Political Forum at the United Nations in New York by a global coalition of civil society organizations and trade unions.


Water Renationalisation in Cameroon 2018

This briefing was commissioned by Public Services International (PSI) to provide an overview of the re-nationalisation of water supply in Cameroon, which comes into force in May 2018. The briefing covers the following issues. • The history of water privatisation in Cameroon • Workers’ response to privatisation • Public and private performance in terms of expanding access to drinking water • The process of renationalisation • Large privatised construction projects


The Privatised Water Industry in the UK. An ATM for investors

This paper aims to critically evaluate the privatised water & sewage industry in England. We find that the public-owned sector in Scotland delivers the service just as efficiently, albeit at a lower cost to consumers. Our econometric analysis suggests that the 40% increase in real household bills since privatisation was mainly driven by continuously growing interest payments on debt, contrary to the regulator attributing them to growing costs and investments. Finally, we show that the accelerating debt levels are primarily the result of disproportionate dividend pay-outs, which exceeded the privatised companies’ cash balances in all but one year since 1989. We conclude that the way the industry operates may no longer be sustainable and seems to disadvantage consumers greatly without their knowledge, as there is a fog of misleading statements by the companies and the regulator.

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Jakarta Water Labor Union's Rally December 2010

In December 2010, hundreds of water union workers in Jakarta (Indonesia) protested against the privatisation of water services in the city. The workers demanded an end to contracts with private foreign companies Suez and Thames on the grounds that they have not brought their promised investments and service improvements, and have worsened labour conditions for workers.

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