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Press Releases: Water UtilityPress Releases Found: 16
February 28, 2013
Media Statement: The looming sequestration cuts will have a profound effect on one of our very most important resources—water. Municipal water supplies already face severe budget challenges, underfunded to the tune of about $30 billion a year.
September 21, 2012
“After witnessing water users in Florida suffer several years of aggressive rate hikes, questionable water quality and poor customer service, we are pleased to learn that Aqua Utility, a subsidiary of Aqua America, is seeking to sell all of its Florida water and sewer systems to the Florida Governmental Utility Authority. The community groups and volunteers of Florida FLOW, local organizers and residents should be congratulated for this victory and for dealing a powerful blow to water privatization in Florida.
“While Aqua Utility’s retreat is a great first step toward regaining public control of water and sewer systems throughout the state, it is still only one victory in the overall fight against the corporate abuses of water privatization. While we are hopeful that residents can regain public control of their water systems soon it remains to be seen if Aqua Florida will negotiate a sale price in good faith or continue to stonewall the four year effort of residents to secure safe, affordable water.
“The final result of Aqua Utility’s troubles in Florida offer critical insight regarding our work against water privatization: private utilities continue to charge higher rates for poorer service than public systems, and residents around the country are fighting back. In the long run, we hope that Aqua will allow local public municipalities to run these water and sewer systems with full resident support, and that the corporation does not pursue selling these systems to another private company that could be as bad or worse as Aqua America.”
June 20, 2012
“The proposal of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies for fiscal year 2013 threatens our nation’s critical drinking and clean water resources by cutting the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds
May 3, 2012
Media Statement: Nassau County’s selection of United Water to run its sewer system is one that the county will ultimately regret. Just ask the community of Gary, Indiana, where United Water Services is currently facing felony charges for violating the Clean Water Act and conspiring to defraud the federal government by misrepresenting the way it complies with wastewater treatment standards.
March 14, 2012
Media Statement: “Yesterday’s ministerial statement, while shrouded in happy language about the right to water, was a step backwards for water justice and the UN process that has begun to enforce the human right to water. The forum document, like the forum itself, is illegitimate because it presupposes that corporations have a role in democratic water governance, when nothing could be further from the truth. The entire event itself is a corporate tradeshow parading as a multilateral forum.
March 12, 2012
Senator Sweeney and Speaker Oliver Should Post Resolution to Oppose Huge Rate Increases by NJ American Water
Media Statement: We commend New Jersey Senator Dawn Marie Addiego, Assemblyman Scott Rudder and Assemblyman Chris Brown for introducing bi-partisan legislation to oppose New Jersey American Water’s unnecessary and costly rate hike for its customers. The concurrent resolutions demands that the Ratepayer Advocate, an independent State agency, seek water rate decreases to the tune of $45 on behalf of consumers rather than the $99 million increase proposed by NJ American Water.
February 28, 2012
Public-Public Partnerships Provide Affordable, Efficient Drinking Water and Sanitation to Cash and Resource-Strapped Communities
Solving the tragedy of almost 900 million people around the globe lacking access to safe water, and 2.6 billion lacking access to sanitation requires innovative solutions to fixing inadequate and underfunded infrastructure. A new report released today by the national consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch highlights how public-public partnerships have successfully and inexpensively provided these critical resources to communities around the globe.
February 13, 2012
“President Obama’s budget for fiscal year 2013 delivers yet another blow to our nation’s critical drinking and clean water resources, and further undermines the EPA’s ability to ensure that all Americans have access to safe, clean, affordable water.
December 16, 2011
Media Statement: Today the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to approve a fiscal year 2012 omnibus appropriations bill that would cut a combined $101 million from the State Revolving Funds (SRFs), the mechanism by which the federal government dispenses funds for the upkeep of our tap water and sewage systems.
October 25, 2011
Press Release: New analysis by national consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch finds that Illinois’s largest private water utilities are earning profits of as much as $18 million dollars a year, while raising rates for consumers by as much as 23 percent