A Fuller Picture

Supportwipanow.com says that the clean water systems of the State of NJ need $40 billion worth of investment, and it says “our municipal leaders need options to ensure our families and communities have safe, clean water.”

Yes, NJ needs to upgrade its aging infrastructure and safe, clean water is a basic right. Municipalities that have not maintained their systems should act now. Privatization is one option. Regionalization, shared services and public-public partnerships are solutions as well.

Supportwipanow.com says , “the Water Infrastructure Protection Act (A-3628) will produce good jobs and promote economic growth through private investment in NJ.”

These benefits can be achieved through public investment, too, and without the cost of private water rates.

What others have said about wipa:

“Considering the value of the water assets, the broad nature of the criteria and the irreversibility of the decision, the voter referendum represents a critical level of consent from the governed.”

NJ State League of Municipalities

“This bill will usurp voter control, facilitate privatization and result in a massive fleecing of public assets for private gain.”

From a letter signed by 14 union reps, 12 public interest group reps,
13 environmental groups, and six political organizations

The bill “strips away the BPU’s authority to evaluate and decide how much of the purchase price being paid for these municipal water or sewer utilities should ultimately be included in the rates paid by the purchasing utility’s customers. This is a technical, fact-sensitive inquiry that has always been within the BPU’s jurisdiction…”

Stefanie Brand, Director, Division of Ratepayer Advocate

A water company that chooses to expand its business operation through the purchase of a new system should not expect ratepayers to shoulder the risk and burden exclusively. Shareholders who will reap the rewards must have a stake in the acquisition costs.

New Jersey Business and Industry Association

Spread the word
Tell your friends and neighbors about WIPA and its potential for inflated water rates and loss of public control.
Tell them that under WIPA, pressure to sell even the State’s well-run public systems will be great. Help get the word out about the true impacts of WIPA.