Should water be provided by the public or private sector?

We’ve talked a lot so far about the raw mechanics of finding, gathering and storing clean water in extremely remote places like Sololo, Kenya. But this article about the president of Bolivia got me thinking about how water is managed day-to-day once access to it is established.

Most water distribution in developing countries is managed by the public sector, but private companies are popping up all the time.

A hot debate has been brewing over this…. Some say privatization will drive up prices and hurt the poor; others say the public sector is sloppy and mismanaged, also hurting the poor.

What do you think?

FH works to bring clean water to places like rural Cambodia,
where only about 40 percent of people have access to safe drinking water (Cambodia Inter-censal Population Survey 2004, General Report).

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