Tuesday, March 22, 2011

March 22, 2011
Today is World Water Day: Stand Up for the Human Right to WaterTake Action to Stop Water Privatization Around the World!
Stand With People Across the Globe on World Water Day
Take Action to Stop Water Privatization Around the World
We're currently in a water crisis. You and I may not see the effects of it on a daily basis, but one out of six people worldwide don't have access to clean water. At the same time, multi-national corporations are in a race to control as much of this precious resource as possible. Stand with us this World Water Day and sign our petition against international water privatization.
The story has been the same all over the world: international financial institutions push water privatization as a requirement of loans for developing countries, which leads to less access to water for the poor, extremely high tariffs and poor water quality. A few years ago, Bolivia was just one of the many countries where multi-national corporations such as Bechtel, Suez, Veolia and Thames Water saw profit opportunities.

In Cochabamba, Bolivia the resulting mismanagement of water systems by Bechtel sparked a citizens' uprising to reclaim their water systems. In 2000, they were able to throw out Bechtel and put in new reforms and new political leaders to keep the water in the hands of the people. Take action to stand with people all over the world to end water privatization.
Now Bolivian President Evo Morales is introducing a resolution at the United Nations, calling for an end to the sale of public water resources to private corporations around the world. We support this resolution, and support community driven solutions that will protect water as a human right.
Take action this World Water Day to stand with the people all over the world to denounce private water companies that have deprived people of their human right to water in the name of profit:


Thanks for taking action,

Wenonah Hauter

Executive Director

Food & Water Watch


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