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The city of Winnipeg is getting a new drinking water treatment plant that will be publicly owned and operated. CUPE helped ensure the new plant was public, playing a key role in the local Water Watch coalition as well as showing leadership through the municipal workers local.

Drawing heavily on CUPE analysis and research about the pitfalls of P3s, a key staff report to city council recommended the new plant be publicly operated, rejecting privatized operation. The report about alternative project delivery strategies concluded council would have more control if water services stayed in public hands.

The privateers had been working behind the scenes in Winnipeg, with cold call visits to city officials on at least four separate occasions that CUPE was able to document.

The report also outlined how a P3 would mean lengthy delays and added costs all with unclear or non-existent benefits over public operation. CUPE 500 highlighted for council how municipal workers keep public water systems working well in a brief summarizing the key arguments against P3s.