Water for Life, Not for Profit!

Workshop Information
Event Date: 
Wed, 06/23/2010 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Event Location: 
WSU Cohn: 220
Full Description: 

Water is a human right. Yet as the world's supplies of fresh, drinkable water are quickly being used up, transnational water corporations are attempting to "corner the market" on water, and move this critical resource from public to private hands through privatization schemes. In the US, cities that have privatized their water systems have experienced rate hikes (which have increased by up to 80% in some places), job cuts, service problems, and less public control over what happens to local water sources.

Water is a part of the Commons; it belongs to everyone, and should not be sold off to private companies to make a profit. As more and more aspects of society are privatized – schools, energy, public space – we the people lose control, the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer. Water is one resource that we can’t afford to lose!

This workshop will be a space for communities who are fighting water privatization and bottled water companies to come together and share stories and strategies for keeping our water in public hands.

Organizer Name: 
Raquel Nunez
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First Sponsoring Organization Name: 
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