Veolia, Suez, Aqualia and Aguas de Valencia embroiled in several corruption cases in Europe

Veolia, Suez, Aqualia and Aguas de Valencia were selected by the Toulouse metropolitan government in October 2017 to present their bids for two concession contracts; one for the production and distribution of drinking water and the other for sanitation.

However, these four private companies are embroiled in several corruption cases for the award of public and concessions contracts elsewhere in Europe.

Note: On 29 May 2018, the tender commission [this commission of several elected representatives of the metropolis, examines and compares the bids and then chooses the one that seems the best] opened the envelopes containing the bids of the candidates. Aqualia and Aguas de Valencia not having sent their bids before this deadline can no longer get one of the two concession contracts.

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World Water Day: Brazilian and global water justice activists march to demand an end to the privatization of water

Brasilia – The Fórum Alternativo Mundial da Água (FAMA) or Alternative World Water Forum concluded with a march today that saw 5-7,000 people from around Brasil and around the World take to the streets of Brasilia demanding an end to the privatization and commodification of water.
From March 17-22, the FAMA hosted meetings, workshops and panel discussions involving 7,000 water justice activists. The FAMA is held in opposition to the corporate-led World Water Forum, which is taking place in Brasilia this year. Brazilians are challenging the Temer government’s complicity with big corporations to commodify and privatize water supplies and services in the country. Earlier this year, the Temer government

Earlier today, 400 Via Campesina activists occupied a Coca Cola plant in Brasilia and spray painted the message “Hands off our water, Coca Cola”. On March 20, 600 rural women took over a Nestlé plant in Minas Gerais demanding that the company halt water takings in the region and that the Temer government cease talks with Nestlé and Coca Cola to privatize the Guarani aquifer.

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Thirsting for justice: new report reveals depth of discrimination faced by Europe’s Roma in accessing water

The original article was published by Right to Water.

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) released its report – Thirsting for Justice: Europe’s Roma Denied Access to Clean Water & Sanitation, highlighting the shocking disparities between Roma and non-Roma in their access to water.

The report summarises research carried out by the ERRC, between 2014 – 2016, covering 93 Romani neighbourhoods and settlements in Albania, France, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, and Slovakia.

The human rights to water and sanitation are recognised by the United Nations General Assembly and the Human Rights Council, and require that States explicitly focus on the most disadvantaged and marginalized. However, our research reveals that large segments of Europe’s Roma continue to be denied or disadvantaged in their access to safe drinking water and sanitation. Even in states and regions where safe water supply and sanitation services were available to almost every non Roma household, we found that Roma populations are still often systemically discriminated against in their access to these essential services. In the sites we investigated, Roma living in legal settlements or neighbourhoods were no less likely to be deprived of water than those in unofficial sites.

Click here to access the report by the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC).

Brazilian utility to put wastewater PPP out to tender

The original article was published by BNamericas.

The government of Mato Grosso do Sul state in Brazil, through its water utility Sanesul, is planning to launch a tender in the fourth quarter for a sub-concession.

The objective of the 30-year public-private partnership (PPP) is to achieve universal sewage collection and treatment coverage in the 68 cities and towns the utility operates in. Investment from both the public and private sector should total 3.9bn reais over the period.

Currently, technical and economic feasibility studies regarding upcoming concession model options are being reviewed by the state to verify that all prerequisites were met by the two companies which expressed interest in the project. The companies are local engineering firms Aegea Saneamento e Participações and Andrade Gutierrez Concessões.

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Maryland Bans Fracking in Huge Win for People Power

The original article was published by Food and Water Watch.

Signing the Maryland Fracking Ban

It’s official: today, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed into law a statewide ban on fracking. The bill was passed with bipartisan support in the state legislature, and Maryland is now the third state to ban fracking. This historic achievement is a true testament to the power of grassroots organizing, and believing that even when the odds are stacked against us, we can do extraordinary things. This victory belongs to the thousands of Marylanders who have worked for years to keep fracking out of the state.

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Protecting New York’s Water from Trump-Style Privatization

The original article was published by Food and Water Watch.

While Trump has talked about a big infrastructure plan, New York lawmakers have a chance to actually do something to protect clean water without enriching private interests.

Privatization is a core element Trump’s loudly-touted “infrastructure plan,” which has yet to see the light of day. But states can make progress on their own in upgrading infrastructure. There’s a refreshing bipartisan discussion here in New York state over investing in our public water systems. With the April deadline approaching for finalizing the state budget, we must think big. A real commitment is needed – at least $800 million a year every year – to begin the process of rebuilding New York’s crumbling water infrastructure.

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