Fort Worth, Texas—“Last night, the Fort Worth City Council passed the resolution to keep the public water utility public. Councilors showed overwhelming support for the recommendations of the specially appointed task force to reject privatization efforts. We applaud their decision and commend the many citizens of Fort Worth who made it known to the City Council that they do not want private companies controlling the public utility.
“Fort Worth’s water and sewer systems are well-run operations and the envy of its neighbors. Eleven companies — including Spain’s Cintra and subsidiaries of French multinationals Veolia Environnement and Suez Environnement — submitted information to the city proposing different models of privatization. After a thorough investigation of all proposals, the task force made the recommendation to the City Council to reject any privatization efforts. Even after representatives from private companies were allowed to speak at the meeting to try and convince councilors to sell the public water system, the councilors did not buy it.
“Instead of sacrificing local public control, Fort Worth will remain a model of success other communities to follow. Water is a basic human right and should not be traded like a marketable commodity and more and more communities are standing up to keep their water public.”
Contact: Eleanor Bravo, [email protected], 505-730-8474