The Voluntary Partnership for Distressed Communities Act would push struggling and underfunded water systems to be sold or leased to private companies. Over 500 publicly owned water systems across the country have serious violations to drinking water quality standards. But instead of providing financial support to fix these water systems, this bill would allow water systems to avoid enforcement and fines for three years if they turn to private control.
Privatization is NOT the solution, and usually leads to higher rates and worse service in order to maximize corporate profits.
We must ensure that the Voluntary Water Partnership for Distressed Communities Act doesn’t get added to America’s Water Infrastructure Act.
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