Privatization of Water Services in the United
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
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."