Water for All - Reports
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- Waves of regret. A report detailing case studies of municipalities throughout the United States that have had negative experiences with water privatization, including inadequate service, higher rates, failure to perform under contractual obligations, and impeded economic development. June 2005, 20 pages.
- Bechtel's Dry Run: Iraqis Suffer Water Crisis This report describes how Bechtel Group Inc., one of the lead contractors in the reconstruction of Iraq, has failed its contractual mandate to develop essential water delivery and sewage disposal. April 2004, 21 pages.
- Will the World Bank Back Down? A review of World Bank lending from 2000 through 2004 reveals that while the Bank’s public relations rhetoric has changed in the face of increasing global resistance to privatized water services, its loan policies in the water sector have not changed at all. April 2004, 42 pages.
- Water Heist: How Corporations Are Cashing In On California's Water. Through deals shrouded from public scrutiny, private and semi-private entities have taken control of some of California's most vital water resources. This report shows how the private control of water has enriched and empowered a few, to the detriment of the environment and consumers throughout California. December 2003, 30 pages.
- Water Privatization Fiascoes: Broken Promises and Social Turmoil This report features seven case studies of failed privatization efforts around the world, including Nelspruit, South Africa; Atlanta, Georgia; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Manila, Philippines; Cochabamba, Bolivia; Jakarta, Indonesia; and the United Kingdom. March 2003, 14 pages. En espanol.
- Myth of Private Sector Financing: Global Water Corporations Seek New Public Hand-outs This report analyzes "Financing Water for All," a Report of the World Panel on Financing Water Infrastructure, chaired by Michel Camdessus, former managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The report was released at the 3rd World Water Forum in Kyoto, Japan, and was harshly criticized by civil society. March 2003, 2 pages.
- Double Trouble: Thames Water and OMI - Two companies Stockton could do without This corporate profile details the history of the two companies, British-owned Thames Water and Colorado-based OMI that are partnering to control Stockton, Calif.'s water system. February 2003, 8 pages.
- Public-public partnerships: A backgrounder on successful water/wastewater reengineering programs This report features four case studies of U.S. cities that kept ownership in public hands by reorganizing the operation and management of their own system successfully in order to save money, reward employees, and enhance services. November 2002, 4 pages.
- Reclaiming Public Assets: From Private to Public Ownership of Waterworks This report documents six case studies of cities that have either purchased waterworks from a private company or are currently pursuing a buyout. From Lexington, Ky. to Peoria, Ill., strong evidence suggests that water utilities should be kept in the public trust and not treated as a commodity by private investors. September 2002, 15 pages.
- Profit Streams: World Bank and Greedy Global Water Companies This report addresses a dangerous new frontier where the World Bank’s privatization and liberalization policies are encroaching: water. The World Bank, in alliance with the global water companies, is advocating a new power grab to place a natural resource under the command of transnational corporations and market-oriented policies. September 2002, 20 pages. The report is also available in French here.
- Two for the Road: An update of the companies vying for control of New Orleans' water This report examines recent developments connected to the two corporate finalists being considered by the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board: USFilter and United Water. September 2002, 11 pages.
Liquid Assets: Enron's Dip into Water Business Highlights Pitfalls of Privatization
This report demonstrates how Enron’s brief tenure in the water business highlights the many risks of water privatization: poor contract performance, political corruption and influence peddling, environmental violations, prospects of water commodification, and uncertainty about the financial stability of private contractors. April 2002, 26 pages.
The Big Greedy
This report provides a background check on the companies vying to take over New Orleans' water system. August 2001, 8 pages.
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