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When Water Is Not for Privatization

Positive Future #308 (Feature photo – Water – Public Domain U.S. Air Force Photo)

Baltimore Maryland is a large city (population 620,000) that is part of a much larger urban metro area of some 10 million people that includes Washington, D.C. Baltimore is unique in that it is an independent city and stands on its own without being part of any county.

Baltimore just made news when its citizens passed a resolution (recent elections) that prohibits the city from ever privatizing its water and sewer systems – the first in America for a city of this size and stature. Almost 77 percent of voters voted in favor of having only public water.

At the crux of the issue is that certain key elements of human well-being (low-cost access to water) do not lend themselves to privatizing and profiteering. At the heart of the issue is a question: Is it morally right for a private company to withhold affordable water from less affluent citizens? You can read the full story here:

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