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Residents denied clean water in Flint; how you can help?

The drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan has turned into an epidemic of environmental injustices. Flint, a city that is 57% African American, 37% White American, 4% Latino, and 4% mixed race sits about 68 miles northwest of Detroit. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and President Obama have both declared a state of emergency because of the deadly lead contamination in the drinking water. Flint switched from Detroit’s water system to pulling water from the Flint . . . → Read More: Residents denied clean water in Flint; how you can help?

Public Water Systems Show Little Appetite for Privatization, Despite Hefty Debts

by Jennifer Weaver, Water & Energy Justice Researcher

In recent weeks, CWFNC has been looking into the challenges that North Carolina’s publicly owned water utilities face as they try to maintain the present systems and plan for the future – all while keeping it possible for water customers to pay.

We made contact with town and county managers handling systems that are struggling financially, and, in several cases, have also received water quality violations. We . . . → Read More: Public Water Systems Show Little Appetite for Privatization, Despite Hefty Debts

Hear from communities directly impacted by water privatization in CWFNC’s new video!

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be one of the hundreds of thousands of rural and suburban North Carolinians whose basic access to drinking water or sewage treatment is controlled by a private, for-profit corporation? Put yourself in the shoes of a private water or sewer customer, hearing directly from folks in three neighborhoods in the Carolinas about the daily effects on their lives, in Clean Water for NC’s new nine-minute YouTube video.

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The Empty Promises of Privatized Wastewater in NC

We often talk about the impacts of drinking water privatization in North Carolina, but did you know that out of state for-profit corporations are also buying up small sewage treatment plants? Utilities Inc. and its subsidiaries have over 19,000 sewer customers in 19 NC counties, and Aqua NC has 12,000 sewer customers in 19 counties. Apart from these two “giants,” there are 70 more private companies operating sewage systems in the state.

Small . . . → Read More: The Empty Promises of Privatized Wastewater in NC