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Public Water Works!

Turn on a tap almost anywhere in the U.S., and you’re just about guaranteed clean, safe water filling up your glass.

For more than a century, public water systems have been vital to growing the economy, creating jobs and vastly improving the public’s health.

But as the private water industry struggles globally to gain new contracts, corporations like Veolia and Suez are aggressively targeting communities across the U.S.  And, they are bypassing democratic processes to do so, attempting to push through private water contracts behind closed doors that give them a foothold into controlling and profiting from our most essential resource. Learn More

71% of people in the U.S. trust local governments over private corporations to provide public water.

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Brandon Delange, 28, of Detroit, Mich. talks with Flint Rising organizer Nayyirah Shariff and Corporate Accountability International's Alissa Weinman
More than 200 city residents packed the town hall-style meeting Tuesday evening in East Liberty about Pittsburgh’s lead water problems, and if concern, frustration and anger came in bottles they would have held gallon jugs.
Flint and Pittsburgh town hall
Nayyirah Shariff, a water activist from Flint, MI, where high doses of lead contaminated the tap water of 100,000 residents in 2014, may be able to put Pittsburgh’s water problems into perspective at a town hall meeting on Tuesday, April 11.
People protest against water privatization
The very idea that private systems are inherently cheaper for consumers than public ones is silly: A private company is mandated by investors to make profit off the utility, and there's only so much an outside firm can cut before rates begin to rise.

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