It is since June 2011 that Pavlos Melas Municipality adopted a resolution against EYATH privatization.
PAVLOS MELAS MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
RESOLUTION CONCERNING THE TRANSFER OF SHARES OF EYATh
The majority of the town councilors of Pavlos Melas, in its meeting of 1st June 2011, issued the following statement
WE SAY NO TO THE SELLING OF EYATh – WATER SHALL BE DEMOCRATICALY MANAGED
At the same time when the Water and Hygiene services in big European cities, such as Paris and Berlin, are returned to municipal control, the Greek Government proceeds with selling EYATh to private companies, despite what the Prime Minister promised in his speech (2009 Thessaloniki International Exhibition) namely that “water resources are not to be privatized”. EYATh is a public company dealing in water for the common good, has profits and is not burdened with any loan payments.
The international tendency towards returning water services to the public sector is based on the following principles and facts:
Water is a common social good, necessary for life itself, and thus cannot become a trading commodity used for the profit of private interests. Everyone shall have access to it especially the lower and suffering parts of human society.
Private control of water led to:
Minimal investment and the neglect of maintenance on water networks
Increases on the water price
A lowering on the quality of services mainly due to huge decreases in personnel
Depletion of the water reserves through overconsumption
And will, if they are not stopped, lead to an ecological crisis, when drinkable water will be scarce in the near future
For the reasons stated above, following the example set by popular actions all over the world, we support the campaign of the EYATh personnel for a plebiscite with the question of whether water services can become a privately controlled monopoly.
Real democracy now!
Referendum for water to remain a public good!