From Food & Water Watch:
President Trump’s infrastructure plan is a scam to make Wall Street record profits. The plan incentivizes privatization, setting up corporations to make a profit off of our infrastructure — and for the public to pay the costs. ¹
Here’s who Trump’s plan wouldn’t help: Martin County, Kentucky is a community struggling with poverty, unemployment, and poor water quality. Nearly twenty years ago, coal sludge polluted their local water, and the ramifications are still being felt. ² People in Martin County endured nightly water shutoffs in January, and the water they do get access to can be too contaminated to drink. And to add insult to injury, hearings were held last month to decide whether their water bills could go up by nearly 50 percent.Everything President Trump has said about his plan so far is that it would incentivize privatizing water systems, while cutting federal funding for public water. Our research proves that when corporations control water and sewer systems, prices go up even as services can worsen. ³ This isn’t an isolated issue. We need a comprehensive solution to this problem.
This is a fight we can win. Last year, the people of Atlantic City successfully fought off an attempt to privatize their water system. Food & Water Watch fought alongside local allies for years to protect the water system. In December, that work paid off: state officials announced that the state would “not sell or lease the Atlantic City Municipal Utilities Authority to a private company.” 4
1. Drinking Water is Being Threatened by Trump — At Tonight’s State of the Union, Medium, January 30, 2018.
2. Kentucky Community suffering severe water shortage could now see huge water bill increase, ThinkProgress, January 25, 2018.
3. Privatized Water Costs More Than Public Water, Food & Water Watch, February 16, 2016.
4. We Win! Atlantic City’s Water Stays Public , Food & Water Watch, December 22, 2017.