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Housing Minister accused of delaying 2016 bill to prevent privatisation of Irish Water

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy “has deliberately sought to delay a bill aimed at ensuring Irish Water remains a public company, the Opposition has claimed.” Sinn Féin TD Eoin O Broin says “we are fed up with the delays, we want to proceed. Absolutely they are seeking to delay this. (…) Mr. Ó Broin expressed his anger with the further postponement of Committee Stage of the Water in Public Ownership Bill that was due to take place tomorrow. ‘The Committee Stage of Water in Public Ownership Bill has been delayed yet again at Minister Murphy’s request. This is clearly a delaying tactic by the government as it clearly does not want a referendum to ensure water services remain in public ownership,’ he said.”

Source: www.irishexaminer.com

Long term legislative measures are needed to prevent water privatization

Morena senator and upper house speaker Martí Batres says long term legislative measures are needed to prevent water privatization. “Batres said that although the current federal government will not privatize the resource, measures are needed to prevent future administrations from doing so. According to the lawmaker, commercial exploitation of water has happened without implementing legal reforms at the municipal or state level. Batres cited the water decrees former president Enrique Peña Nieto signed at the end of his term last year as ‘a little heritage of water basin privatizations.’”

Source: pop-client

The next phase of the privatisation program will focus on ‘public private partnerships’

The next phase of the federal government’s privatisation program will focus on ‘public private partnerships’ says Alex Okoh, the Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE). Among the first targets: housing. “The new phase targets reforms mostly in the utility and infrastructure sectors which include; water resources, railways airports and highways.” Okoh stated this “when he received a Word Bank delegation led by the Senior Economist (Economics and Private Sector Development), Mr. Volker Treichel which visited the Bureau’s head office in Abuja [and] said this was aimed at correcting the infrastructural deficit in the country.”

Source: pop-client

The Our Water, Our Right Movement has asked to halt ongoing water privatisation in Lagos

The Our Water, Our Right Movement led by the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has asked the Lagos Governor-elect, Mr. Babajide Sanwolu, to halt ongoing water privatisation in Lagos. The movement said “in tackling the water challenge, previous administrations including the outgoing Governor Akinwunmi Ambode have not consulted Lagos citizens, and instead, advanced false solutions including the globally-discredited Public Private Partnership (PPP) model of water privatisation.”


Students have produced a video about neoliberalism in the water sector

Students in water management and governance have produced a video about neoliberalism in the water sector. “There are numerous neoliberalizations of services and water resources, and we wanted to tell a story that was close to us. This is why we decided to tell the story of Zaida’s community in Punta de Mita, Mexico. The story centers on the re-location of local towns in favor of tourism developments and how this has affected the people by closing their access to the beaches. This means their livelihoods have been put at risk since, being a fishing community, its mayor source of income is the sea. But the developments do not only tamper with revenues, but also to their right to pursue enjoyment. This community finds its identity around the beach, as families gather to spend time together and different generations have been surfing the waves.” [Video, about 12 minutes]

Source: FLOWs

The privatization industry has produced a report to promote ‘public-private partnerships’ in the water sector

The privatization industry has produced a report to promote ‘public-private partnerships’ in the water sector. The report, a collaborative effort by The American Water Works Association (AWWA) and Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors, LLC. “As the water sector increasingly invests in advanced wastewater treatment, energy recovery, potable water reuse, desalination and other complex infrastructure, P3s will have a key role to play in advancing a number of these critical projects,” said Stephen Auton-Smith, an EYIA managing director.

Source: Water Finance & Management

England's running out of water – and privatisation is to blame

Sondhya Gupta of SumOfUs says “England’s running out of water—and privatisation is to blame.” She argues that “public services like water should be nationalised. That’s what campaigners such as Cat Hobbs from We Own It and more than three-quarters of the British public have been saying for years. Privatisation has failed. Water is the most essential resource on our planet. Our bodies are comprised of 70% water. . Without it, no life on this planet can survive and therefore it must be protected as a basic human right.”

Source: the Guardian

Trade agreements put our right to water at risk

Trade agreements like the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) are designed to make it easier for foreign multinational corporations to invest and do business. In doing so, they put the rights of citizens and workers second to profits. Read an Op-Ed by Abdul Somad, president of PSI affiliate Jakarta Water Workers’ Union (SP PDAM Jakarta).

Source: PSI

Hundreds of Salvadorans march against water privatization

Demonstrators have marched through San Salvador to demand that lawmakers “move immediately to approve a long-stalled constitutional measure making access to water a human right.” The march was to protest an agreement “by a key committee in the Legislative Assembly to include representatives of industry and agri-business on the board of the National Water Authority. (…) The idea of including private-sector representatives in water management is supported by Arena and other parties ranging from center-right to right, while the governing leftist FMLN is opposed.” @ajplus says “people in El Salvador are fighting for the right to clean water. Droughts and attempts at water privatization could create a new wave of climate refugees.”

Source: www.efe.com

Privatization is creating an artificial water shortage

Privatization is creating a water shortage, says Butalat. “As it is, according to the concessionaires’ own performance reports, almost 300,000 people in their service areas are already without 24-hour water supply even before the current supply issues began early this month. That is the ‘normal’ situation for these people under the regime of privatized water. The actual figures could be higher, as government regulators do not seem to verify—or do not have the capacity to check—the performance of the concessionaires.”

Source: Bulatlat

The Supreme Court has blocked the sale of the real properties of Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System

The Supreme Court has permanently blocked the sale of the real properties and facilities of Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) to private owners to pay off its tax arrears. The Supreme Court disagreed with a lower court, which had held that MWSS’s real property was not public because of a concession and could therefore be auctioned off. “All the real estate tax assessments, including the final notices of real estate tax delinquencies, issued by the local government of Quezon City on the real properties of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System located in Quezon City are declared void, except for the portions that are alleged and proven to have been leased to private properties,” the Supreme Court said.

Source: Manila Standard