Bolivia’s Water War

February 1, 2007 at 10:00 pm Leave a comment

In early April the often-forgot country of Bolivia, tucked away in the Andes, grabbed the world’s attention when the city of Cochabamba erupted in a public uprising over water prices. In 1999, following World Bank advice, Bolivia granted a 40 year privatization lease to a subsidiary of the Bechtel Corporation, giving it control over the water on which more than half a million people survive. Immediately the company doubled and tripled water rates for some of South America’s poorest families.

The Democracy Center has dedicated a portion of its website to documenting the struggle over water in Bolivia. The information is a few years old, but it gives insight into the repercussions of companies who offer hope when water infrastructure is privatized, but don’t follow through.

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Entry filed under: Bolivia, politics, water.

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