NOIR/RSA Stormwater Conference Webinars - Speaker view
Thanks Filippo - looking forward to tomorrrow
Hey all - thanks for joining us today! Great to see some familiar faces from previous days and some new people. Today should be fun and we're looking forward to engaging with all of you :)
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Michael Glass (NOIR)
Prompt 1: Can you introduce us to the changing dynamics of your study region, and explain how they influence the governance of regional water infrastructures?
Caitlin Schroering (she/her)
I wanted to pose a question to all the panelists (but placing here so as to add to the conversation)to speak to how decades of disinvestment/austerity/reforms caused by neoliberal policies, and the failures of privatization of water services, fits into all of your analyses? As reported on by The Guardian (and others), the French firm Veolia is linked to the water crisis in Flint (and Pittsburgh, PA and elsewhere in the world including in India), despite receiving less attention for its role in the news. Studies on privatization (including private public partnerships) show that privatization of water means higher rates and lower quality water. This has contributed to a trend of remunicipalization, or returning public services that were privatized to public control. TNI (Transnational Institute) and PSI (Public Services International) detailed how as of 2019 there are over 1400 cases of remunicipalization (311 of which are for water) in more than 2400 municipalities globally.
@Tom: One short answer is that MI DEQ had a role to play both in the case in our paper (Flint & the KWA, helping to allow Flint to take on the debt necessary to participate) and the drinking water contamination in Flint