Illinois communities need local, public control of their drinking water and wastewater systems to be able to ensure safe and affordable service. Most people receive water service from local governments, and responsible public provision can best meet the needs of househols and businesses while protecting the environment. When water systems fall into private hands, consumers often end up paying higher prices for worse service. In too many cases, private control has led to rate hikes, terrible customer service, inadequate system upkeep and other serious problems.
The research reveals five main reasons why private control of water is a bad deal for Illinois. Read the fact sheet.