Response to Uncle Joe (Reply #1)
Wed Feb 1, 2012, 11:56 AM
polly7 (20,582 posts)
17. You're welcome,
here is a good documentary I watched containing some info on water-privatization around the world - 'A World Without Water' http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/the-world-without-water/ "Margaret Thatcher decided privatization was a great way to make money"...
Veolia is already in most developed countries with it's water and waste-management programs, I had no idea how big they were. Partnered with the World Bank and Pepsi, I don't believe poorer nations will have much choice but to accept their control.
"Profits over people...
Veolia is the largest water privatization business in the world, and has come under attack by water rights activists for many of its contracts that reveal consistent prioritization of private profit at the expense of the environment and public interest. See the 2009 and 2011 reports by Food & Water Watch for more information. While public facilities are accountable to the public, often creating increased transparency and efficiency, private facilities are not. If a company chooses to abuse its privilege by hiking up price rates or cutting costs in ways that are detrimental to the public, it is much more difficult to fight. Worldwide, consumers report that Veolia consistently charges high rates, provides poor service, and fails to make promised improvements."....
..."Veolia contracts gone bad...
***These examples from the United States are compiled from the 2009 report by Food & Water Watch titled Money Down the Drain: How Private Control of Water Wastes Public Resources, a 2010 Food & Water Watch Factsheet titled A Closer Look: Veolia Environnement, a 2011 report by Food and Water Watch titled Veolia Environnement: A Profile of the World's Largest Water Service Corporation, and a report prepared by Novato Friends of Locally Operated Wastewater titled Veolia and the Environment: A Bad Fit for Novato."
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