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

European Parliament Environment Committee supports ECI on human right to water and sanitation

02 July 2015

The demands of the first ever successful European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) Right2Water received overwhelming support from Members of the European Parliament, who voted on an own-initiative report in the Environment Committee on 25 June 2015.

French constitutional council bans water cut-offs

02 June 2015
Conseil Constitutionnel

French multinationals must comply. No water provider may cut-off or disconnect service from a primary residence, even if the bills have not been paid. The decision is final, without appeal.

Water and sanitation as a human right!

11 May 2015
Water fountain

PSI and its affiliates actively support the human right to water initiatives, including the current lobbying pressure on national governments negotiating policies and priorities in the United Nations.

PSI signs cooperation agreement with water support network

30 April 2015

At a meeting held during the IAMRECON in Mexico on 20-24 April 2015, PSI signed a cooperation agreement with the WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network to develop research, teaching and related activities in areas of common interest.

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.

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.

Replacing failed private water contracts

18 November 2011

This paper sets out a global overview of trends in the public and private presence in the water sector, to help assess the options facing cities which still have problematic private water contracts, such as Jakarta.

Annual Report 2010

05 April 2011

In the face of widening cuts to public services and attacks on the rights of public sector workers around the world, leaders of private and public sector trade unions, municipal governments and civil society groups made the unprecedented joint commitment to work together to promote investment in quality public services backed by fair taxation policies as the key solution to the economic crisis, and the best way to build peaceful, equitable, democratic and environmentally-sustainable societies.

Annual Report 2009

03 April 2010

Environmental and social sustainability provided the primary theme for PSI’s work in 2009. Leading into the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 15) in Copenhagen in December, trade unions and civil society allies worked hard to ensure that world leaders would agree on an ambitious plan to reduce carbon emissions. Alas, this dream did not become reality. But we are committed to continuing this struggle and achieving real results.

Annual Report 2008

03 April 2009

Looking back at 2008 the one word that comes to mind is CHANGE. We saw a dramatic change in the global economy, it was the keyword in the US election and we initiated changes in PSI.