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Water PrivatizationDefine the issue:Should water be privatized?Criteria:StakeholderCriteriaConsumers- Reasonable water prices and accessbilityEnvironmentalists- Preserving a natural resourceGovernment- Pay off debtsStakeholder’s Perspectives:1. Private water companies: - Profit margins (maximize profits)- Improvement of water quality- Strengthening of management/customer care2. Consumers/Public: - Increased price for water- Privatization could lead to job losses- Can interfere with the human right to water, unwealthy may not be able toafford it- Loss of transparency, water companies answer to shareholders and not theconsumers- May not service low-income communities where water usage is low andbill collection is a problem3. Environmentalists: - Protecting a natural resource, clean freshwater- Reduce carbon dioxide emissions
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