Last Wednesday, Donald Trump traveled to Ohio to tout his approach to fixing America’s infrastructure. The only problem? His plan will actually sell our water systems, bridges, roads and schools off to Wall Street. He wants corporations to make a profit off of our infrastructure – and for the public to pay the costs.
Case in point: the United States now carries a “D” grade from the American Society of Civil Engineers report card on water infrastructure. The neglect our water systems have faced means that already, one study estimates 12% of US households can’t afford their water bills – and that problem is only posed to get worse. In two years, up to 36% -- over a third! – of US households could be unable to pay their water bills.
That is unacceptable. And privatization of our water systems would only make this problem worse. Food & Water Watch has researched the price of privatization: privately owned water systems charge 59% more than publicly owned systems – and that’s just the start. Job loss, lack of accountability, and worse service are all huge costs we pay when we sell our water service to the highest bidder.
The real solution is clear: we need dedicated federal funding to upgrade our public water systems and infrastructure. Food & Water Watch is fighting alongside hundreds of other organizations and unions to ensure Congress makes sure Wall Street and corporations don’t skip out on the bill. That’s why we support the WATER Act to provide dedicated federal funding to improve and maintain our aging water systems – and pay for it by making sure corporations pay their fair share.
Together, we can demand that our leaders reject Trump’s bogus infrastructure plan for a real solution that will put people first, instead of profits.