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Bottled Water

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The best way to ensure a high-quality product is to tie its sale and distribution to the free market. Private companies are better equipped than municipalities to run complicated and expensive water infrastructures. Approximately 600 U.S. cities have already privatized their water systems, with minimal complaints from most residents. Americans waste far too much water; private companies can help them conserve water by raising prices, something most public utilities are unwilling to do.


Drinking-water supplies and waste-water infrastructure should be controlled and maintained by local governments, whose only obligation is to provide clean water and reliable service to all of the residents they serve. Private companies, whose goal is to maximize profits, should not control anything as crucial for survival as water. Many cities with privatized water have reported poor service and degraded water quality.