Our public water future: The global experience with remunicipalisation

MSPMunicipal Services Project

Abstract: After three decades of often catastrophic results, many cities, regions and countries are closing the book on water privatisation. A quiet citizen revolution is unfolding as communities across the world reclaim control of their water services to manage this most crucial resource in a democratic, equitable and ecological way.

Over the last 15 years, 235 cases of water remunicipalisation have been recorded in 37 countries. More than 100 million people have been affected by this global trend, whose pace is accelerating dramatically.

From Jakarta to Paris, from Germany to the United States, this book draws lessons from this vibrant movement to reclaim water services. The authors show how remunicipalisation offers opportunities for developing socially desirable, environmentally sustainable and quality water services benefiting present and future generations.

This book aims to engage citizens, workers and policy-makers in the experiences, lessons and good practices for returning water to the public sector. It is a critical resource to build the alliances that have the potential to turn the surge towards democratic, sustainable public water into an unstoppable wave.

Table of contents

Introduction: Calling for progressive water policies
Emanuele Lobina

Global List of Remunicipalisation

Chapter 1 Water in public hands: Remunicipalisation in the United States
Mary Grant

Chapter 2 An end to the struggle? Jakarta residents reclaim their water system
Irfan Zamzami and Nila Ardhianie

Chapter 3 German municipalities take back control of water
Christa Hecht [AöW]

Chapter 4 Turning the page on water privatisation in France
Christophe Lime

Chapter 5 Taking stock of remunicipalisation in Paris. A conversation with Anne Le Strat
Olivier Petitjean

Chapter 6 Remunicipalisation and workers: Building new alliances
Christine Jakob and Pablo Sanchez

Chapter 7 You are public…now what? News ways of measuring success
David A. McDonald

Chapter 8 Trade agreements and investor protection: A global threat to public water
Satoko Kishimoto

Conclusion : Reclaiming public water through remunicipalisation
Satoko Kishimoto, Olivier Petitjean and Emanuele Lobina

Author(s): edited by Satoko Kishimoto, Emanuele Lobina and Olivier Petitjean
Publication Information: TNI, PSIRU, Multinationals Observatory, MSP and EPSU
Publication Date: 2015 Publication Type: Book
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