Privatize Water?

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    I'm kinda torn on this one, only because water rights is a contact sport in the 11 western states.
     
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    Terrible idea.
     
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    The city needs to sink $1-billion into its water and waste infrastructure by 2012 to comply with new pollution rules imposed by the province, according to Mr. Katz. But he has found the customary process of putting mass public-works projects out to tender incredibly costly for the city.
    "In the past when we've taken on this type of project, it's proved beyond our abilities to deal with it," he said. "And as a result, it's come in over-budget by a significant amount of money."
    The mayor is endorsing a plan to split off the Water and Waste Department from the city and place it in an arm's-length corporation, much like some provincial Crown corporations, but with a major catch: The new utility would be a partnership between the city and a private-sector company.



    Sounds like a crock of shit to me. I think this mayor is on the take. It's a highly dangerous thing to privatise water, something no human can do without. Too many of our basic human needs are in the hands of private enterprise.
     
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    Did you ever notice that you aren't thirsty until you can't readily get a drink of water?
     
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    You mean like food, clothing and shelter??
     
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    In America, there are something like 11,000 water utilities. Roughly half of them are private and half of them are publicly owned. There are rarely any problems with private water monopolies.

    Utilities are a monopoly, and should thus be regulated as one. It does not matter if the utility is public or private. Often times, private water monopolies are more efficient than public ones. Thus, there is nothing wrong with private water utilities as long as they are regulated as such.
     
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    Public utilities could (and really should) be privatized by declaring transmission lines rights-of-way and reimbursing those who constructed them for their time and efforts.

    Water, though, is a slightly sketchier proposition out west.
     
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    I'm not too happy with how utilities are regulated either.
     
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    yeah, water is private when you have a well, then its not only private its free.
     

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