Our Public Water Future: New book on the remunicipalisation of water

coverwaterFrom the book launch website:

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 decision in March 2015 to annul its privatised water contracts citing the violation of the 9.9 million residents’ human right to water.

This is the largest remunicipalisation in the world, suggesting that water privatisation is running out of steam and the pendulum is swinging back in favour of a reinvigorated, accountable and sustainable public control of water.

The TNI book is co-published jointly with Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU), Multinationals Observatory, European Public Services Union (EPSU) and the Municipal Services Project (MSP).

Key findings of the book

Water remunicipalisation refers to the return of previously privatised water supply and sanitation services to municipal authorities, and is also broadly used to refer to regional and national-level services in some cases.

Between March 2000 and March 2015, researchers have found:

  • 235 cases of water remunicipalisation in 37 countries, affecting over 100 million people
  • Number of cases doubled in the 2010-2015 period compared with 2000-2010
  • Cases are concentrated in high-income countries, with 184 remunicipalisations compared to 51 in low- and middle-income countries
  • The great majority have taken place in two countries: France (94 cases) and the US (58 cases)
  • Public water operators are joining forces within and across countries to facilitate the remunicipalisation process

From Jakarta to Paris, from Germany to the United States, this book draws lessons from this growing 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. The book engages citizens, workers and policy makers in the experiences, lessons and good practices for returning water to the public sector.

Re-municipalisation. Translation? The reclaiming of water from private enterprise

I received news of the video and information below recently, and see there is also a new essay on water privatization available from the Global Water Forum.

Remunicipalization: Putting Water Back into Public Hands
The video is a 5 minutes motion design documentary about cities reversing water privatization to regain public control. It explores water ‘remunicipalisation’ in Buenos Aires and Paris, looking at the challenges and benefits of reclaiming public water. It calls on citizens worldwide to mobilize around this option. The video was produced by Transnational Institute (TNI), Municipal Services Projects (MSP) and Corporate Europe Observatory(CEO). Credits: Dent De Cuir

The version with Spanish subtitles is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-pi8Gckpx4
The version with French subtitles is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdk0Jw6T080

Find more case studies on the transition from private to public water provision (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Hamilton, Canada; and a national-level experiment in Malaysia) in the book available for free download at: http://www.tni.org/tnibook/remunicipalisation?context=599

The Spanish edition of this book is now available at: http://www.tni.org/es/tnibook/remunicipalizacion

Also visit TNI and CEO’s Remunicipalisation Tracker at http://www.remunicipalisation.org