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.
***Disponible en français: Eau publique, eau d’avenir: L’expérience mondiale de la remunicipalisation***
Table of contents
Introduction: Calling for progressive water policies
Chapter 2 An end to the struggle? Jakarta residents reclaim their water system
Irfan Zamzami and Nila Ardhianie
Chapter 4 Turning the page on water privatisation in France
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
Conclusion : Reclaiming public water through remunicipalisation
Satoko Kishimoto, Olivier Petitjean and Emanuele Lobina