In Canada and around the world, corporations want to profit from the delivery of water services—and from water itself.
Through public private partnerships (P3s), many governments are failing to do their job as stewards of public water. CUPE believes that to safeguard public water, we must ensure that the delivery of water and wastewater services remains public.
Treating water as a natural “resource”, like oil or forests, is wrong. Water is essential to all life. All water must remain public water.
The following resources on P3s can help you protect public water.
- Fighting P3s – A CUPE bulletin – 2006 – (link to PDF that is posted on main page of www.cupe.ca/worldwaterday/)CUPE’S Plan to Strengthen Canada’s Public Water and Wastewater Systems
- Waves of Regret: what some cities have learned and other cities should know about water privatization fiascos in the United States
- Who Benefits - Corporations or Communities? The Clear Choice About Water
- Flawed, failed, abandoned: 100 P3s, Canadian & International
- Privatization of Wastewater Treatment in Whistler, BC
- Fact sheet on water – Rebuilding Strong Communities
- Reclaiming Public Water
- Thirst – a documentary about water privatization
- The relative efficiency of public and private sector water
- Municipal Services Project – Research in South Africa