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The Water Barons

The explosive growth of private water utility companies raises fears that mankind may be losing control of its most vital resource.

  • The explosive growth of three private water utility companies in the last 10 years raises fears that mankind may be losing control of its most vital resource to a handful of monopolistic corporations.
  • In Europe and North America, analysts predict that within the next 15 years these companies will control 65 percent to 75 percent of what are now public waterworks.
  • Companies have worked closely with the World Bank and other international financial institutions to gain a foothold on every continent, and have aggressively lobbied to force cities to privatize their water.
Water Barons

Cholera and the age of the water barons

The explosive growth of three private water utility companies in the last 10 years raises fears that mankind may be losing control of its most vital resource to a handful of monopolistic corporations.

By Bill Marsden
Feb 03, 2003

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