New Signs the Tide May Be Shifting Against Water Privatization by Jeff Conant

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Despite a widespread crisis of confidence inspired by the failures of privatization and the global economic crisis, the private water industry is far from giving up the ghost. 

In the first hours of 2010, the city of Paris, whose water system has been under various forms of mixed public and private management for much of the last century, took back public control of its water utility. The decision is emblematic of changes occurring throughout the world, with the wave of utility privatizations ebbing in the face of mismanagement, dismal community relations and a rising tide of concern, in the developing world especially, about whether denial of affordable, safe water constitutes an abuse of human rights.