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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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"Drink Up", helmed by Michelle Obama and the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), aims to boost our nation’s health by encouraging everyone to drink more water. Big Soda would have the public believe that it wants to be part of the solution. But its not-so-hidden agenda shows otherwise.
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Public Water Works! campaign director Erin Diaz delivered a statement at a Boston City Council public hearing called to investigate Veolia’s alleged labor abuses in its operation of the BPS bus system.


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