Paris defends re-municipalisation record

Anne Le Strat, Paris’ deputy mayor responsible for water, acknowledges that bringing the city’s water supply under public control was foremost “a political choice”– but remains convinced that government can offer more savings.

 In March this year, the City of Paris marked its first full financial year of in-house service, after a contract with Veolia and Suez Environnement expired, by announcing a cut in water prices by 8% from 1 July 2011. It said that this had been made possible by Eau de Paris generating an annual gain of €35 million from transferring the services to the public sector.

This drew a...

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