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Sept. 20, 12:30-2:30: Triangle Climate Strike! Join forces with Triangle students & communities as millions around the world walk out of homes and workplaces to join young people in the streets for the biggest global climate strike yet! Halifax Mall, 300 N Salisbury Street, Raleigh

Sept. 23, 10:00 AM, Climate Emergency: Tri-State Pipeline Strike! As part of the Global Climate Strike week of action, we will join w/  landowners across WV, VA, & NC impacted by the MVP, ACP and other climate-impacting threats. Communities resisting the pipeline threats will share their story and stand in solidarity to protect the region’s rights to clean water and to protect their future!

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Private water customers demand clean, affordable water

Charlotte Aqua hearing

December 17, residents of Union County gathered in front of the Mecklenburg Courthouse to protest the huge proposed rate increase.

This week, at hearings in Winston Salem and Charlotte, customers of private water/sewer utility Aqua North Carolina demonstrated the power of their collective voices, testifying before the NC Utilities Commission in opposition to a proposed 19% rate increase and demanding adequate service and transparency in the ratemaking process. Once relatively isolated in rural and suburban neighborhoods across NC, these residents are increasingly connected with each other; with CWFNC’s help, they made the most of this opportunity to hold both the company and NC agencies accountable.

Heater Utilities tower

A private water tower in Iredell County – a visible sign of NC’s legacy of privatized water in rural counties.

They made a difference in many ways – attending and speaking at hearings, talking to reporters and state agencies, educating state legislators, knocking on neighbors’ doors, and crunching numbers! Aqua has no incentives to keep their operating costs low, since they have a guaranteed rate of return. At hearings, customers spoke strongly against allowing rate increases of up to 5% in between rate cases with NO public hearings, paying more for undrinkable water, flat sewer rates, and more.

A sampling of news stories:

Our idea of a great year is one where folks are empowered to speak up for their rights to safe, affordable water! Thanks to outspoken customers of privatized water and sewer utilities, and all our supporters, for making 2013 a terrific year for water justice. Our best wishes for a happy holiday season.

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