Water Activists Exposed
Critics of the private water industry like to describe themselves as charities, consumer advocates, and water policy experts. In reality, these organizations are extremely well funded and internationally connected advocacy groups without water service or water policy expertise. Unfortunately, these activists are not focused on what’s best for a local community.These activist groups share significant financial and personnel connections with like-minded national and international groups. They rely on misleading information from these partner organizations, while ignoring independent sources. Their funders are often anonymous and do not represent the voices of local concerned citizens. They cannot and should not be looked to as independent experts on a community’s water needs.
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Food & Water Watch and other likeminded anti-privatization groups are funded by a network of foundation money and anonymous donations, making it nearly impossible to decipher whose interests are actually behind the anti-private water agenda being advanced. In fact, between 2011 and 2014, nearly 80 percent of FWW’s revenue – more than $40 million in total – came from anonymous sources. 9
- “About Us,” Citizen.org website; Biography of Ralph Nader, Nader.org; “About Us,” Food & Water Watch website
- “About Us,” In the Public Interest website; “Water and Sewer,” In the Public Interest website
- About the website,” WaterJustice.org website
- “About AfD,” The Alliance for Democracy Website website
- “About Food & Water Watch,” Food & Water Watch website; Food & Water Watch IRS 990, 2011; Food & Water Watch IRS 990, 2012; “Staff” Food and & Watch website; “Building Grassroots Pressure: How To Collect Petition Signatures,” Food & Water Watch website; “California Water Bond Wins Passage,” Sacramento Bee, 11/4/14; AB 1471, Passed CA. House 77-2-0, 8/13/14; AB 1471, Passed CA. Senate 37-0-3, 8/13/14
- “About Us,” Corporate Accountability International website; “Public Water Works!” Corporate Accountability International website; “New Report Highlights the Case for Public Water,” Public Water Works! Blog, Nov. 2014
- “About Us,” Public Services International Research Unit website; Emanuele Lobina, “Troubled Waters: Misleading industry PR and the case for public water,” Public Services International Research Unit, Nov. 2014.
- “Felton Water System,” In the Public Interest website
- Foundation Directory Online (FDO) accessed April 15, 2016; FWW IRS 990s, 2011-2014; SVCF 2014 Grantee List; Tides Grantee List; Grants were verified by 990s of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Columbus Foundation, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, the Chicago Community Trust, the National Philanthropic Trust, and the Vanguard Charitable Endowment.