Baltimore Poised to Become First U.S. City to Amend its Charter to Prohibit Leases and Sales of its Water and Sewer System.
Today, the Baltimore City Council, led by Council President Bernard “Jack” Young, made history by unanimously voting to amend the City Charter to declare the sewer system and water supply system as “inalienable.” Baltimore is in position to become the first city in the country to amend its charter to prohibit the sale and lease of its water and sewer system.
Water privatization has become a highly contentious issue in Baltimore City for several years as multiple water corporations have expressed interest in the city’s water system. Nationally, the Trump Administration has released an infrastructure blueprint that relies heavily on private investment in infrastructure.
“I have always been a proponent of retaining our city’s assets, which is why I am completely opposed to the privatization of Baltimore’s water system,” said City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young. “Access to clean and affordable water should be looked at as a basic human right.”
Mayor Catherine Pugh must sign the resolution by August 13 to place the charter amendment before voters on the November ballot. Pugh first proposed this charter amendment at the end of June in response to public concerns about other charter proposals that would have facilitated the privatization of the water system.
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