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Mon Mar 21, 2016, 10:34 PM

Our Public Water Future: The global experience with remunicipalisation (Undoing Privatization)

Our Public Water Future: The global experience with remunicipalisation



Privatisation on the backfoot as new book shows that the growing wave of cities putting water back under public control has now spread to 37 countries impacting 100 million people.

Satoko Kishimoto, Emanuele Lobina, Olivier Petitjean

978 90 7056 348 6

Water Justice, Public Sector Alternatives

TNI has joined with a number of organisations to launch Our public water future: The global experience with remunicipalisation that details the growing wave of cities and communities worldwide that are bringing water services back under public control.

The book is launched in the run-up to the World Water Forum in South Korea (12-17 April) and comes in the wake of Jakarta’s decision in March 2015 to annul its privatised water contracts citing the violation of the 9.9 million residents’ human right to water.

This is the largest remunicipalisation in the world, suggesting that water privatisation is running out of steam and the pendulum is swinging back in favour of a reinvigorated, accountable and sustainable public control of water.

The TNI book is co-published jointly with Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU), Multinationals Observatory, European Public Services Union (EPSU) and the Municipal Services Project (MSP).

Key findings of the book

Water remunicipalisation refers to the return of previously privatised water supply and sanitation services to municipal authorities, and is also broadly used to refer to regional and national-level services in some cases.

Between March 2000 and March 2015, researchers have found:

235 cases of water remunicipalisation in 37 countries, affecting over 100 million people
Number of cases doubled in the 2010-2015 period compared with 2000-2010
Cases are concentrated in high-income countries, with 184 remunicipalisations compared to 51 in low- and middle-income countries
The great majority have taken place in two countries: France (94 cases) and the US (58 cases)
Public water operators are joining forces within and across countries to facilitate the remunicipalisation process

From Jakarta to Paris, from Germany to the United States, this book draws lessons from this growing movement to reclaim water services. The authors show how remunicipalisation offers opportunities for developing socially desirable, environmentally sustainable and quality water services benefiting present and future generations. The book engages citizens, workers and policy makers in the experiences, lessons and good practices for returning water to the public sector.

Table of contents

Introduction Calling for progressive water policies [PDF] Emanuele Lobina
Global list of remunicipalisations [PDF]
Chapter 1 Water in public hands: Remunicipalisation in the United States [PDF] Mary Grant
Chapter 2 An end to the struggle? Jakarta residents reclaim their water system [PDF] Irfan Zamzami and Nila Ardhianie
Chapter 3 German municipalities take back control of water[PDF] Christa Hecht
Chapter 4 Turning the page on water privatisation in France [PDF] Christophe Lime
Chapter 5 Taking stock of remunicipalisation in Paris. A conversation with Anne Le Strat [PDF] Olivier Petitjean
Chapter 6 Remunicipalisation and workers:Building new alliances [PDF] Christine Jakob and Pablo Sanchez
Chapter 7 You are public…now what? News ways of measuring success [PDF] David A. McDonald
Chapter 8 Trade agreements and investor protection: A global threat to public water [PDF] Satoko Kishimoto
Conclusion Reclaiming public water through remunicipalisation [PDF] Satoko Kishimoto, Olivier Petitjean and Emanuele Lobina

Pages: 132

News: new articles are added to Eau publique, eau d’avenir in June 2015 (French edition of Our Public Water Future).
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Foreword [PDF] By Célia Blauel
Nice: building a public water company after 150 years of private management [PDF] by Olivier Petitjean

News: new article is added to Un futur per l’aigua pública in September 2015 (Calatan edition of Our Public Water Future).

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Window of opportunity for public water in Catalonia [PDF] By Eloi Badia and Moisès Subirana


Our Public Water Future(pdf, 1.67 MB)


Press release: Wave of remunicipalisation reaches 100 million people(pdf, 49.89 KB)

Media briefing on book: Why are cities choosing to bring water back under public control?(pdf, 193.28 KB)

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Mon Mar 21, 2016, 10:38 PM

1. Private ownership of water is possibly our greatest threat which is never discussed.

States and municipalities across the land need to be working hard to ensure public water sources remain public.

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Mon Mar 21, 2016, 10:45 PM

2. GATS & TiSA threaten public services in the US, Canada and dozens of other countries

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