Proposed Law on Municipal Ownership and Municipal Water and Sewage Fees.
STATUTE MAKING ON MUNICIPAL OWNERSHIP OF WATER AND SEWAGE PLANTS
The background for this proposed law is a Parliamentary decree of April 3, in which â€œThe Parliament asks the Government to make a proposal on a change of the existing set of laws to secure complete public ownership of water and sewage infrastructure. The law must make exceptions from public ownership for water and sewage facilities which are organised as non-commercial private cooperatives owned by water users, so that the existing organisation of ownership can be continuedâ€.
We agree to what we perceive as the intention behind the original proposal, namely to secure water as a common good. However if this intention is to be fulfilled, our opinion is there must be another form of organization than municipal ownership with the possibility of outsourcing, as proposed by the Ministry. The proposed law also lacks a clause against commercialisation. The organisations listed below deem it necessary to make an explicit ban against commercialisation.