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Atlanta, Georgia

VICTORY FOR CONSUMERS! In January 2003, Atlanta city officials terminated the largest water privatization contract in the USA. In 1998, the city of Atlanta signed a 20-year, $428 million contract with United Water, a subsidiary of the French corporate conglomerate, Suez. United Water mismanaged the system time after time, cutting staff to dangerously low levels and charging the city for services it never provided. The industry had held great expectations that Atlanta would serve as the "model" for other communities and open the door for private water companies to do business in other major U.S. cities; in fact, the privatization fiasco in Atlanta demonstrated that it’s better to avoid privatization.

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