2015 - Statewide Victory

Defeating water privatization (AB 554)

Access to clean drinking water and effective sewer systems is a fundamental necessity. Wisconsin should be investing in these public systems to ensure they are in good repair and provide clean water to all people. AB 554 would have taken public accountability for managing critical water services away by allowing communities to sell their water utilities to private out-of-state companies. As a result, Wisconsinites would be left paying higher prices for water with declining levels of service.

We ramped up the public message around the Water Privatization bill by meeting with legislators, holding news conferences, and writing to our local papers. Sen. Scott Fitzgerald received our message loud and clear and said AB 554 would not be passed in the 2015-16 session.