14 September 2023

Today in Socialism

When your water company is unable and unwilling to provide drinkable water to your community, it's time to make the water system publicly owned.

At least that's the solution that they came up with in Texas.

Wut?  In Texas?

I am sure that somewhere Marx is smiling.  If not Karl, then definitely Groucho, Chico, Harpo, Zeppo, and Gummo:

The Beastie Boys said it. “You gotta fight for your right to party.” And in the U.S. in 2023, many communities have to fight for their right to clean water.

Meet the South Plains Water Supply Corporation. A project created by the people for the people.

“No Texan should pay for water they can’t drink,” their website states.

The water in four unincorporated communities near Lubbock, Texas, has been undrinkable for years, according to residents, who have relied on bottled water.

Instead of waiting for someone to come save them, they decided to create their own water utility with the hopes that it can help them apply for more than $3 million in state grants to improve their water infrastructure.

I did not expect an outbreak of public ownership of utilities in Texas, though it is more likely in West Texas than it would be elsewhere.


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