Baltimore Is A Water Justice Leader

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Charm City Is About to Ban Water Privatization… And There Are A Few Reasons That’s So Cool

Yesterday, the Baltimore City Council unanimously passed a resolution setting the city on course to become the first major city in the country to ban the most extreme forms of water privatization. With voter approval this November, Baltimore will be the first city in the country to amend its charter to declare its … [more…]

The water industry should be taken into public ownership

photo: tap with flowing water. The water industry should be taken into public ownership

The We Own It campaigners and their SplashMob supporters are to be congratulated on making waves today, on the 29th anniversary of water privatisation in England and Wales. Their protest in London kept the spotlight on the scandal that is England’s all-for-profit water and sewage industry.

Scottish and Welsh consumers can be forgiven for not travelling to join the mobilisation but, then, they are fortunate enough to live in the … [more…]

How Privatizing Water Systems Costs Taxpayers — & Endangers Them

How Privatizing Water Systems Costs Taxpayers — & Endangers Them

Illustration by Lisa Lee Lucas for Heavy

A yearlong investigation by Heavy found that privatized water management has been a disaster for American towns, with residents paying 59% higher fees for water, on average; suffering high-profile health problems; and bracing for an infrastructure time-bomb.

Residents of contracted towns, from Indiana to Florida, are commonly paying almost $200 more each year, while some Eastern cities have found life-threatening lead in tap … [more…]

ASU ramps up water research: Future H2O

photo composition: planning for future water supplies

University’s water initiative, Future H2O, to focus on solutions, not scarcity

Arizona State University’s water initiative announced a sweeping new strategic plan this week. Spurning the typical narrative of scarcity, Future H2O will face a goal of abundant water for vibrant communities, economies and ecosystems.

“What we’re doing is building new partnerships,” director John Sabo said. “All of the proposals we make, we want to have a solution at the … [more…]