Public Water

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Water is a public resource and part of the commons – it belongs to everyone. But water privatization is sneaking through the back door in the form of public-private partnerships (P3s) and commodification through water markets. Private sector interest in the world’s dwindling water resources has been building for two decades and has dramatically increased in recent years. Private, for-profit water companies are looking at ways to get in on municipal water services, to bottle and sell water, and to put a price on this natural resource. The Council of Canadians works to protect water for future generations.