Alternative World Water Forum

Parliament adopts amendment that declares country’s abundant clean supplies are ‘a public good managed by the state’ and ‘not a market commodity’ Slovenia has amended its constitution to make access to drinkable water a fundamental right for all citizens and stop it being commercialised. With 64 votes in favour and   Read More ...

Categories: In the news

Comprehensive new water survey finds that 10 most affordable water systems are publicly owned and operated. Washington, D.C.—In the largest U.S. water rate survey of its kind, Food & Water Watch today released a comprehensive review of the 500 largest U.S. community water systems that found that large, for-profit privately owned   Read More ...

Categories: Global stories

A new book shows that the growing wave of cities putting water back under public control has now spread to 37 countries impacting 100 million people. The book is launched in the run-up to the World Water Forum in South Korea (12-17 April) and comes in the wake of Jakarta’s   Read More ...

Categories: Reports

Public water and electricity are back in vogue! Yet many state-owned utilities are now undergoing “corporatization”: they have legal autonomy and manage their own finances. Is this a positive development in the struggle for equitable public services? Or a slippery slope toward privatization? SPANISH and FRENCH captions available, click “CC”   Read More ...

Categories: Videos

Human rights arguments are increasingly being raised by parties in investor-State arbitrations, despite the fact that investment arbitration tribunals arguably “lack the jurisdiction to hold states liable for breach of their human rights obligations”, and the widespread concerns about their suitability to pronounce on such issues in a process that   Read More ...

Categories: Global stories

The legendary Fela Anikulapo Kuti famously sang that ‘water has no enemy’. He was right. Water is seen by many as the symbol of life due to its basic importance to human survival and happiness. However, history has shown that access to safe and clean water has forever been disproportionate,   Read More ...

Categories: In the news

Cities, regions and countries worldwide are increasingly choosing to close the book on water privatisation and to “remunicipalise” services by taking back public control over water and sanitation management. In many cases, this is a response to the false promises of private operators and their failure to put the needs   Read More ...

Categories: Global stories

Summary The water committees of the southern region of Cochabamba, Bolivia’s fourth largest city, are the epitome of Bolivian forms of autonomy and horizontalism. Still an active network today, these organizations became visible after the “water war” of 2000, when community mobilization on a mass scale halted a state-sponsored attempt to privatize Cochabamba’s water supply. One of   Read More ...

Categories: Global stories