Privatization of Water Services in the United States:
An Assesment of Issues and Experience

Cities and rural water districts face serious challenges providing safe and reliable drinking water at low cost. Privatization has helped some local governments to meet that challenge.

Water Science & Technology Board of the National Academy of Sciences  completed its investigation into the experience of water service privatization. It just issued a report called "Privatization of Water Services in the United States: An Assessment of Issues and Experience."

The Water Science & Technology Board is part of the National Research Council, created by Congress to advise the government on scientific and technical matters.

Their report is now available.  The WSTB says:
"Privatization of Water Services evaluates the fiscal and policy implication of privatization, scenarios in which privatization works best, and the efficiencies that may be gained by contracting with private water utilities."

If you want a copy of the report you can get it by calling 202/334-3422 or by visiting