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CUPE has joined the Reclaiming Public Water Network in supporting a proposed UN mechanism to enable Water operator partnerships (WOPs). WOPS empower the public sector by creating not-for-profit partnership between public water operators. They can save public money, build democracy and improve access for the one billion plus people in the developing world who do not have reliable access to safe drinking water.

The WOPs initiative is unique because of its clear focus on public water operators and their ability to strengthen and support each other. This is a historical opportunity to create a collaborative process that will ensure transparency, accountability, inclusiveness, responsiveness and democracy.

The Reclaiming Public Water (RPW) network, is an international alliance of civil society campaigners, trade unionists, academis and public water utility managers. The network exists to promote improved water delivery through progressive reform, including public-public partnerships between public water operators.