Transnational Institute Gets it Wrong on Water Privatization – Part 2

In the run-up to the 2015 World Water Forum, the Transnational Institute, along with four other organizations, released a report titled “Our public water future: The global experience with remunicipalization.”

The authors claim their report details the “growing waves of cities and communities worldwide” that are choosing to remunicipalize their water systems. However, the report manipulates data, misrepresents facts, and clearly misunderstands fundamental elements of the private water industry in the United States.

Throughout the 131-page report, there are plenty of so-called “facts” that just don’t add up. Here is the second way TNI’s report gets it wrong when it comes to water system in the U.S. Read the 4 other ways in our blog.


In the five years between 2005 and 2009, the U.S. had a total of 28 water remunicipalizations, according to the report. In the five years between 2010 and 2014, the U.S. had a total of 27 water remunicipalizations – a slight decrease. These numbers are not indicative of a trend in the U.S. and most definitely not a “growing” one.

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