Public-private fight focus of sewage debate

Susan Hughes
The Halifax Chronical-Herald
June 22, 1999

Opinions are mixed in Halifax concerning whether or not privately running new sewage treatment plants is a smart idea. Several competitors are vying for the rights to build the $316 million project, and the Halifax Council has chosen three potential companies while the debate heats up on what types of effects privatization would have on cost, quality and accountability.

Elizabeth Brubaker is quoted in this article promoting the project’s privatization, arguing that “private companies are able to invest large amounts of capital in infrastructure,” and pointing out that “They operate more efficiently, and there is no evidence that water quality decreases. In fact, quite the opposite is true.”

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