211855 Politics of water in Akron , Ohio: Struggle over privatization of a public good

Wednesday, November 11, 2009: 2:10 PM

Joy Marshall, MD , Peace Caucus, Cleveland Hts, OH
A long period of attack and retrenchment of government has lead to proposals to privatize the water supply in a US Midwestern city, Akron , Ohio. Private capital markets have seen water utilities as an attractive source of revenue and moved within a regulation environment to purchase water systems in a number of major cities. This presentation focuses on the efforts of a community coalition to block privatization efforts.

Learning Objectives:
Describe a community coalition's efforts to block the privatization of a local water supply; Evaluate the public health implications of privatization of water.

Keywords: Privatization, Water

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a practicing family physician and member of the APHA Peace Caucus in which capacity I have organized and moderated many similar sessions.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.