Public water and wastewater services are vital to our lives and are fundamental human rights. These services are the foundation of safe and healthy communities. On March 22, CUPE members and our local and international allies recommit to protect water and wastewater services from privatization and strengthen these services for future generations.

CUPE works in coalition at the community level to keep our water systems publicly owned and operated. We will keep organizing to stop the spread of privatization through public-private partnerships (P3s) and contracting out. Our goal is reliable public funding for water and wastewater systems.

We also know that what comes out of our tap is directly connected with the health of our water sources. CUPE is committed to safeguarding our water resources from international trade agreements, bulk water exports and commercial exploitation through bottled water.

In 2017, a growing number of local governments are making the choice to end privatization, taking back public ownership and control of these vital services.

We encourage all municipal and water activists in CUPE to get involved in the movement to bring water and wastewater services back in house, and to stay alert for signs of privatization.

Order copies of Back in House. This report documents the benefits of contracting in, and tells the story of water services coming back in house in Banff, Hamilton and the BC communities of Sooke and Port Hardy.

Host a water workshop. CUPE’s union education department has developed a one-hour water action workshop. It focuses on fighting privatization, and highlights the need for safe drinking water for all Indigenous communities, and is a great way to raise awareness with our members.

Check out the Blue Communities project. Blue Communities is a joint initiative with the Council of Canadians that builds support for public water and wastewater services in municipalities and Indigenous communities. A Blue Community formally recognizes the right to water, opposes privatization, and doesn’t sell or use bottled water.