Public Water Works!

Keep Our Most Essential Service in Public Hands

Seizing on slimming budgets for water, the water industry is aggressively pushing for private control of public water. But that’s not the solution.

Cities across the country where private corporations have assumed ownership or management of public systems have struggled with:

  • Egregious rate hikes
  • Water quality issues
  • Environmental abuses
  • Labor disputes and layoffs
  • Neglected and underfunded infrastructure
  • Loss of local control over an essential public service

On the other hand, investing in public resources, specifically in water infrastructure, creates jobs and profoundly stimulates the economy. Read our report, Public Water Works! to learn more about the need for, and benefits of, public investment in water infrastructure.

We can’t wait any longer. Our economy and most essential public service needs our voice. It’s time for public support to flow once again into the public service that we cannot do without. See the campaign flyer here

Leaders Call for Action

Policymakers, thought leaders and activists are calling on the President and Members of Congress to assert water as a national priority. We must create new and improved funding mechanisms for public water systems so we can renew our aging infrastructure and keep these systems publicly owned and operated. 

Signers to the Open Letter:

Public Water Works! Advisory Committee

Wenonah Hauter, Food & Water Watch
Van Jones, Rebuild the Dream
Annie Leonard, Story of Stuff


Terry Bellamy, Asheville, NC
Peter Lewis, Auburn, WA
Lee Leffingwell, Austin, TX
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore, MD
Melvin “Kip” Holden, Baton Rouge, LA
John B. Callahan, Bethleham, PA
Thomas M. Menino, Boston, MA
Kenyne Schlager, Casper, WY
Mark Kleinschmidt, Chapel Hill, NC
Satyendra Huja, Charlottesville, VA
David B. Morrow, Claremont, NC
Denny Doyle, Beaverton, OR
Mark Kruzan, Bloomington, IN
Bill Finch, Bridgeport, CT
Joe Riley, Charleston, SC
Ron Littlefield,  Chattanooga, TN
Frank Cownie, Des Moines, IA
Carl Sherman, DeSoto, TX
Don Ness, Duluth, MN
William Bell, Durham, NC
Kitty Piercy, Eugene, OR
Lioneld Jordan, Fayetteville, AR
Joy Cooper, Hallandale Beach, FL
Scott Getzschman,  Fremont, NE
Pedro E. Segarra, Hartford, CT
Andy A. Hafen, Henderson, NV
Crosby Gernon, Hiawatha, KS
Jerry Willey, Hillsboro, OR
William Kenoi, Hilo, HI
Alex Morse, Holyoke, MA
Timothy McDonough, Hope, NJ
Sylvester “Sly” James, Kansas City, MO
R.T. Rybak, Minneapolis, MN
John Engen, Missoula, MT
Ken Tracy, Mitchell, SD
Mary Ann Lutz, Monrovia, CA
Stewart Nels, Morrilton, AR
David Pope, Oak Park, IL
Ron Payne, Owensboro, KY
Robert Newall, Parkersburg, WV
Frank Ortis, Pembrook Pines, FL
David Glass, Petaluma, CA
Jennifer Hosterman, Pleasanton, CA
Michael F. Brennan, Portland, ME
Sam Adams, Portland, OR
Angel Taveras, Providence, RI
Esther Garcia, Questa, NM
John Dickert, Racine, WI
Nancy McFarlane, Raleigh, NC
Gayle McLaughlin, Richmond, CA
Kevin Johnson, Sacramento, CA
Ralph Becker, Salt Lake City, UT
Edwin Lee, San Francisco, CA
Helene Schneider, Santa Barbara, CA
David Coss, Santa Fe, NM
Richard Bloom, Santa Monica, CA
Ernesto Olivares, Santa Rosa, CA
Brenda Lawrence, Southfield, MI
John Marks, Tallahasssee, FL
Lou Ogden, Taulatin, OR
Adolfo Gamez, Tolleson, AZ
Tony Mack, Trenton, NJ
Laurel Prussing, Urbana, IL
Vincent Gray, Washington DC
James M. Baker, Wilmington, DE
Zach Vruwink, Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Public Water Directors

Henry Meyer, District Manager Kingston, Rhode Island
Boyce Spenali, Chief Engineer and General Manager, Providence Water
Ed Harrington, Commissioner, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Jeff Niermeyer, Director of Salt Lake City Public Utilities
Jim Benning, Director of Duluth Public Works and Utilities
George Hawkins, General Manager, DC Water
John Carmen, Director of Raleigh Public Utilities

Other Public Officials

Christine C. Quinn – Speaker, New York City Council
James F. Kenney – Councilman, Philadelphia City Council
Brian J. O’Neill – Councilman, Philadelphia City Council 
William K. Greenlee – Councilman, Philadelphia City Council
Cindy Bass – Councilwoman, Philadelphia City Council
Marian B. Tasco – Councilwoman, Philadelphia City Council
Mark F. Squilla – Councilman, Philadelphia City Council
Jannie L. Blackwell – Councilwoman, Philadelphia City Council
Blondell Reynolds Brown – Councilwoman, Philadelphia City Council
Bill Green – Councilman, Philadelphia City Council
Bill Henry – Councilman, Baltimore City Council
William Cole – Councilman, Baltimore City Council
Mary Pat Clark – Councilwoman, Baltimore City Council


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Jackson Brown, Musician
The Ditty Bops, Musicians
Daphne Zuniga, Actor
Tim Robbins, Actor
Rosanna Arquette, Actor
Fran Drescher, Actor

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