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Should a water authority be privatized to rescue a municipality’s finances?

The American Prospect, an independent magazine based out of Washington, D.C., covered the potential sale of the Chester Water Authority (CWA) in an online article published March 23, 2021. In it, they discuss Chester’s financial decline and the battle over the CWA, background information on AQUA and Essential Utilities, the history and debate over water privatization, and more.

Here is a quote from the article, written by Gabrielle Gurley:

“It’s a cautionary tale, too, about how private companies prime the pump in statehouses to capture public goods like water from residents who are mostly disengaged from state and local politics. But that disengagement comes with a high price for the region’s residents in the debate to preserve access to drinking water at affordable rates.”

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