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

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.

Why Public-Private Partnerships don’t work

17 March 2015
Drinking from tap

Public Services International (PSI) has just released the new report “Why Public-Private Partnerships don’t work: The many advantages of the public alternative”.

Press release: Why Public-Private Partnerships don't work

16 March 2015

The report “Why Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) don’t work” by Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU) assesses the PPPs experience in countries both rich and poor.

São Paulo to run out of water within two months

06 February 2015
Cantareira. Photo: Mídia NINJA - Creative Commons

If the most realistic predictions prove to be accurate, around 6 million people out of São Paulo's 20 million residents will face drastic water rationing this coming April. For five days out of seven they will have no water at all coming out of their taps.

The eve of de-privatization of water services in Jakarta

19 January 2015
Jakarta water privatisation

PSI, Transnational Institute, Amrta Institute for Water Literacy and Jakarta Water Trade Union have published a series of four fact-sheets that outline how and why water privatisation failed and the potential for a renewed effective public service.

COP20: The public option in green policies

09 December 2014
Windmills - Photo: Pablo LordFerguson (Creative Commons: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)

As the UN Climate Change Summit, COP20, in Lima, Peru, draws to an end, PSI highlights the special role of local and national government structures in developing, implementing and monitoring green policies.