Private versus Public
|To The European Ombudsman|
|Why won't the European Commission answer our letter about European Communities being forced to sell their water?|
|World Social Forum Tunisia 2013|
Food & Water Europe will participate in the World Social Forum on water, fracking and food sovereignty issues; as part of the of the newly formed European Water Movement which fights to stop the “assetization” of our natural commons.Learn more.
There is a battle brewing over who owns water. A resource as vital as water should not be exposed to the highest bidder. In the past decade the privatization of water resources in Europe has seen a rapid increase and big companies have profited from this.
Many private companies are providing worse service at a higher cost than most public utilities.
The private management of public utilities has been promoted as a way to bring efficiency to public services to save money for both taxpayers and water customers. Communities that have experimented with privatization have found that it does not solve their water woes. In fact, consumers face steep water rate hikes, rapidly crumbling infrastructure, excessive leaks, water service disruptions and unaccountable management.
|Global Water Summit 2011|
|Executive Director Wenonah Hauter got the inside scoop on what the water industry is up to at the 2011 Global Water Summit in Berlin. Check our her blog post: The Next Big Thing In Industry: Water Profiteering|
|European Citizens' Initiative|
Funding Clean Water
Food & Water Europe promotes the right to universal access to clean and affordable water because it is a human right and a common good.
While private water companies often promise to improve the quality of aging, underfunded water systems, research continues to show that public management and operation of water systems is cheaper and more efficient than private management and operation.
We should be able to count on the EU, our national governments and our regulators to oversee and protect the quality and safety of our water, which should be free of control by businesses looking to turn a profit.
Instead of irresponsible private investment schemes, we need to plan ahead for future generations and create a dedicated source of public funding so that communities across Europe can keep water as a vital resource.
How Food & Water Europe is Helping
Food & Water Europe serves as a clearinghouse for information and an ally in organizing to ensure that water — a public resource — stays in public hands.
We provide support for the water movements in Europe, be it citizen initiatives, elected officials or other NGOs who are fighting to protect their water from corporate control.
Food & Water Europe also supports the European Citizens’ Initiative. The ECI is a new tool launched by the European Commission to help citizens play a more active role in the European political process. The first ECI launched in April 2012 will focus on the human right to water.