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City should reject privatizing water

I stand with those who rallied to keep public water in public hands and applaud Councilman Carl Stokes for calling for a hearing ("Hearing scheduled for concerns on city water system privatization," Oct. 27). Baltimore should not enter into a contract that could allow Veolia, a private corporation, to advise the city on its public water system. Many cities from Gladewater, Texas to Indianapolis have ended their contracts with Veolia after experiencing a litany of problems from rate hikes to overbilling to failure to invest in infrastructure — and they've actually saved money.

Why would we look to a private water company to advise us on efficiency if cities around the globe are saving money and improving infrastructure after rejecting Veolia?

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This is a pivotal moment for our city when we must decide how to manage our water system well into the future. We should support our public water and local jobs and reject any affiliation with a corporation with a disastrous track record.

John Gingrich, Baltimore

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