$300 Billion War Beneath the Street: Fighting to Replace America’s Water Pipes
Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times
Two powerful industries, plastic and iron, are locked in a lobbying war over the estimated $300 billion that local governments will spend on water and sewer pipes over the next decade.
Operators picked for privatized state parks near Delta
Sam Friedman, newsminer.com
The Alaska Division of Parks and Recreation announced earlier this summer that, because of budget cuts from the Legislature, parks employees would cease providing services such as trash pickup at six state parks around Delta Junction.
City manager: Corbin will collect it’s own garbage
Dean Manning, News Journal
Corbin City Manager Marlon Sams announced Tuesday that after reviewing the proposals from Poff Carting and Waste Management and comparing them with what the city currently does, that it was economically unfeasible to privatize garbage service.
Atlantic City Votes To Protect Its Water From Chris Christie
Daniel Cohen, Alternet
On Tuesday, the Atlantic City Council unanimously passed an ordinance to ensure its residents get to vote on any action by the state to sell or lease the city’s water system.
Privatization Is Changing America's Relationship With Its Physical Stuff
BRIAN ALEXANDER, The Atlantic
Turning more and more infrastructure projects over to outside companies makes citizens more like customers.
Towns sell their public water systems — and come to regret it
Elizabeth Douglass, The Washington Post
Neglected water infrastructure is a national plague. By one estimate, U.S. water systems need to invest $1 trillion over the next 20 years.
Oregon hired a company to paint the Ross Island Bridge without knowing its safety record. Then a worker fell.
Gordon R. Friedman, The Oregonian
The company's track record includes accidents that killed and injured workers who were not wearing fall protection gear. Also on its record are repeated failures to outfit bridge painters with adequate safety harnesses, safety records show.
Why Public Control of Infrastructure Matters
Wenonah Hauter and Donald Cohen, Food and Water Watch
While the Trump administration has yet to release a full infrastructure plan, all signs suggest that it will lean heavily on private capital.
Why Water Privatization Is a Bad Idea for People and the Planet
Adam Hudson, AlterNet
As water becomes more scarce and infrastructure deteriorates, there could be more efforts to privatize water systems, which does not help the situation.
State Inspector General looking into MBTA deals
Matt Stout, Boston Herald
The state’s independent Inspector General has launched a “proactive” review of at least one of the MBTA’s newly outsourced contracts, bringing the first outside scrutiny to the T’s privatization efforts.
Privatizing Pittsburgh's water system is not a good idea, officials say
Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Not only would the nation’s largest private for-profit water supplier acquire the city system’s physical assets, it would gain territory that would allow it to be well positioned to expand into North Hills communities.