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- These private water companies try to persuade cash-strapped cities and towns to relinquish control over their valuable public water and sewer systems.
- Many communities that experimented with privatization have found that it often results in worse service at a higher cost.
- After taking over a municipal water system, water companies aggressively hike water rates by an average of about 10 percent a year, adding hundreds of dollars onto the typical annual household bill.
People have won real victories in protecting their water resources. Over the last decade, public resistance has stopped dozens of possible privatization deals, and community organizing has secured local, public control of a number of water and sewer systems from private companies.