Last update:
2015-05-07

No to privatization of water in New Orleans, USA

Water for all, not for profit. Citizens in New Orleans kick off Veolia and Suez from their commons


Description:

The city of New Orleans is one of many cities across the United States that have faced the threat of water privatization.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:No to privatization of water in New Orleans, USA
Country:United States of America
State or province:Louisiana
Location of conflict:New Orleans
Accuracy of locationMEDIUM (Regional level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Water Management
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Water access rights and entitlements
Specific commodities:Water
Project Details and Actors
Project details

Level of Investment:1,500,000,000
Type of populationSemi-urban
Affected Population:480,000
Start of the conflict:01/06/1998
End of the conflict:01/10/2002
Company names or state enterprises:United Water from United States of America - One of the bidders
Veolia North America from United States of America - One of the bidders
GDF Suez (GDF Suez) from France
Suez Environnement from France
Veolia Environment from France
Relevant government actors:U.S. EPA, New Orleans city council, Sewer and Water Board
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:The Water for All Campaign, ACORN, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 100 , Food and Water Watch, Urban Conservancy, Public Citizen
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Local ejos
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Women
Religious groups
Forms of mobilization:Development of a network/collective action
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Referendum other local consultations
Street protest/marches
car caravans, lawn signs, door-to-door education and rallies
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Waste overflow, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion
Socio-economical ImpactsPotential: Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Other socio-economic impacts
Other socio-economic impactsNo guaranteed water savings as a result of privatization, which would not provide any improvements to the current state of the New Orleans water and sewer issues.
Outcome
Project StatusStopped
Conflict outcome / response:Project cancelled
Withdrawal of company/investment
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Yes
Briefly explain:People came together quickly and effectively to stop a privatization deal before it even began, thus protecting themselves, their water and their community rights.
Sources & Materials
Related laws and legislations - Juridical texts related to the conflict

[3] Consent decrees Sewerage and Water Board
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References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

[1] Food and Water Watch Study: New Orleans, LA
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[2] Proposed New Orleans Contract Operations
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[5] Sewerage and Water Board Report of Proposal Evaluation Oct 14, 2002
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[6] Water Privatization Sept 12 2002
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[7] Bureau of Governmental Research report on the Charter Amendment March 2, 2002
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[8] New Orleans Voters to Decide on Proposed Privatization of SWB Board- Water and Waste Digest March 5, 2002
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[9] Faulty Pipes: Why Public Funding —Not Privatization —Is the Answer for U.S. Water Systems
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[10] Privatizing Water- Worldwatch Institute Jan/Feb 2003
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[11] Water Privatization: An Economic Solution or Disaster- The Green Bulldog April 24, 2013
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[4] United Water: Suez Environment's Poor Record in the United States
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Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

AUTHOR: H20GROUP - APRIL 24, 2013 BY H20GROUP

Water Privatization: An Economic Solution or Disaster?
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Meta information
Contributor:Bernadette Grafton and Paul Mohai, [email protected] and [email protected], University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment
Last update07/05/2015
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