Water and sanitation

Clean water and sanitation – recently recognised by the United Nations as basic human rights – are critical to good health. They help prevent disease. Yet billions of people have no ready access to safe water. It is an essential service that governments must provide to protect their citizens and serve their common good. Read more here

In UK, private water companies must provide environmental information on request

20 April 2015

A recent ruling by the UK's Upper Tribunal has ruled that privatised utility companies in England and Wales are considered to be public authorities for the purpose of environmental information regulations. The judgement means that water companies must provide environmental information to the public upon request.

2015 Daegu Gyoungbuk declaration on the Human right to water

20 April 2015
Participants of the 2015 Daegu Alternative World Water Forum - 14 April 2015

PSI affiliates and NGO allies gathered in Korea during the World Water Forum to continue the struggle for water justice. The following declaration was written by Korean and global water justice groups gathered at the Daegu Alternative Water Forum.

The global experience with remunicipalisation

08 April 2015

TNI, PSIRU, Multinational Observatory, MSP and EPSU have launched a new book on the emerging remunicipalisation trend and the questions it poses about the future of water privatisation.

Why are so many cities choosing to end privatisation and return to public water services?

08 April 2015
Our public water future

In the run-up to the 2015 World Water Forum in South Korea on April 12, Transnational Institute with four organisations[1] have released new research on the growing wave of cities worldwide that are taking previously privatised water supply and sanitation services back under public control, in a process called remunicipalisation.

Nigerian trade unionists push to stop water privatization

01 April 2015

In Nigeria, tens of thousands of people are standing together to protect their water from global corporations. With one voice, they have taken up a call: Our Water, Our Right. They have issued a powerful demand for the Lagos government to reject privatization plans.

Jakarta court cancels world's biggest water privatisation after 18-year failure

25 March 2015
KRuHA - People's Coalition for The Right To Water

25 March 2015 – The Central Jakarta District Court on 24 March annulled the water privatisation contracts of Suez (PT PAM Lyonnaise Jaya – Palyja) and Aetra, finding that the Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) were negligent in fulfilling the human right to water for Jakarta’s residents.

World Water Day 2015

20 March 2015

On 22 March 2015, World Water Day, PSI calls on water justice activists around the world to continue fighting for public and community control of water and sanitation services, to battle the contamination of watersheds, resist water grabs and demand water justice for all.

Resolution 34: PSI Sector Networks

30 November 2012

The 29th World Congress of Public Services International (PSI),

Water companies and trends in Europe

24 September 2012

This publication is part of a series in which EPSU explores the activities of the private sector in key public services. The series offers an overview of multinational company developments and assist trade unions in considering which companies qualify for a European Works Council.

Protecting workers and promoting social development in Brazil

12 March 2012

The objective of this study is to show that the FGTS has successfully provided resources to compensate workers for unjustified dismissal and other adverse circumstances and thereby promoted social

Financing water and sanitation: public realities

12 March 2012

This research publication by the Public Services International Research Unit reveals that the private sector investments in water and sanitation have been negligible, whether in OECD or in developi

Utterly Uncompetitive: the homelands of eternal water privatisation

10 March 2012

This new report from the Public Services International Research Unit shows that private companies delivering water and sanitation services enjoy and abuse monopoly positions. Examines situation in France, Spain and the UK to demonstrate serious distortions practiced by these companies

Water, electricity and the political context in Arab countries 2011

22 November 2011

This report examines the electricity and water sectors in North African and Middle Eastern countries. It consists of three sections. The first section examines the political, economic and global context as of September 2011. The second section examines the water sector. The third section examines the electricity sector.

The past, present and future of finance for investment in water systems

20 November 2011

This paper presents empirical evidence on the historical relative use of public and private finance for investment in water and sanitation systems in developed countries, evidence on the relative use of public and private finance and aid in developing countries, and evidence on the likely impact of the economic crisis.