When assessing this proposal do not fail to factor in that in America by law WE demand that corporation always, always, always MAXIMIZE profit$$$$ for the benefit of their stockholders… That simply means that corporate water purveyors charge the highest rate possible for the water they deliver, quality is a totally subjective factor

…When assessing this proposal do not fail to factor in that in America by law WE demand that corporation always, always, always MAXIMIZE profit$$$$ for the benefit of their stockholders… That simply means that corporate water purveyors charge the highest rate possible for the water they deliver, quality is a totally subjective factor…

INSIDE BALTIMORE’S FIGHT OVER WATER PRIVATIZATION

This November, voters in Baltimore will decide on a charter amendment that would ban water system privatization preemptively.

 

https://psmag.com/economics/inside-the-fight-for-private-water-in-baltimore

 

Privatizing a city’s water system tends to produce a dual outcome: Pipes, once rusty, get sleek; rates get steep. When water went private in Bayonne, New Jersey, local ratepayers started paying an extra 28 percent for water; and in Middletown, Pennsylvania, privatization meant an 11.5 percent surcharge (and officials are suing the utility to stop it).

This November, amid fears that their city will meet the same fate, voters in Baltimore will decide on a charter amendment that would ban water privatization preemptively. They’d be the first major city to do it.

Aging pipes in Baltimore’s more than 100-year-old water and sewer systems require intensive maintenance help that leaks billions of dollars from the city. A consent decree established with the Environmental Protection Agency to eliminate sanitary sewer overflows by 2033 will cost the city another $1.6 billion.

"In Baltimore city we’re already at a crisis point with the affordability of water," said Rianna Eckel, a Maryland organizer for Food & Water Watchand Food & Water Action. "Unfortunately there wasn’t a lot of preventative and proactive maintenance done."

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: