As per the recent UN data 1.1 billion people worldwide do not have adequate access to a decent water supply. A wide range of people and organisations, all united by a belief in market-based economics or a financial stake in the water business (or both) believe that the answer lies in treating water primarily as a commodity to be bought and sold, to make sure all water services can cover their costs and let private companies run the water supply for profit. In Bangalore these arguments have been put forward under the banner of ‘reform’ and has resulted in people being ignored by companies and often their access to water has become worse and unaffordably expensive.
Resisting Reform?: Water Profits and Democracy, looks at the attempts ...