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City Continues Exploring Idea Of Water Privatization

October 7th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

During a work session held in mid August,  the Cumberland Mayor and City Council received an overview of a proposal from the Maryland American Water Corporation on the concept of privatizing the city’s water and sewer systems. The session was attended by water department management as well as union representatives. Since that introductory session, the council members have been asked if it is a concept the city is seriously considering. While the notion has been downplayed publicly, some council members are at least exploring the idea further. Councilman Rock Cioni said he has been in contact with the officials from a Maryland municipality that has privatized with American Water…


7 Responses to “City Continues Exploring Idea Of Water Privatization”

  1. October 07, 2019 at 6:54 am, mac said:

    Thank you for using Maryland American Water Corporation. Your call is very important to us.
    If the reason for your call is related to your bill, please press 1. If you wish to set up autopay, press 2. If you have lost water pressure, press 3. If your water has turned dark brown or has an offensive odor, press 4. If there is raw sewerage backing up in your basement, press 5. One of our highly trained customer service personnel working from the lastest, state of the art call center, located in Bangladesh, will be with you shortly. Thank you for choosing Maryland American Water Corporation.


    • October 09, 2019 at 4:11 am, Mark said:

      > LOL Perfect! And they’ll send someone out in 2 to 3 weeks!!


  2. October 07, 2019 at 10:01 am, Paolo Primavera said:

    It’s every one for themselves when the ship begins to sink. Let the taxpayers be the scapegoat for incompetence of the leaders who were elected to take care of us citizens. Maryland American Water Corporation MAWC = My Ass Will Cringe (AGAIN)


  3. October 07, 2019 at 2:55 pm, Ken said:

    Wow, paying the bills for Utilities Inc (Maryland) is beyond what should be acceptable. Ask anyone here in Bel Air how they feel about paying some of the highest bills for water in the country if you need an earful.


  4. October 07, 2019 at 9:59 pm, Martin D Fornwalt said:

    Well, here we go again. Privatization of another utility. Garbage land fill was dumped from County run. The prices sky rocketed. Same with our Water, Sewage, Etc. Our tax dollars will take a hit and drive up the costs. We can’t live without water. And to think what they will charge to get rid of our waste. The Company, as seen in these kind of moves to get our money. Only a matter of time, 60 minutes, or 20/20 have what these Companies will do. And yes, these Elected could careless. Letting Companies rip us off! Then they can pass the blame! Not to be the scape goats. Then looking not at fault, all the while, remember, they did this! By turning over to a Company.


  5. October 09, 2019 at 4:13 am, Mark said:

    These corrupt clowns just doing what they do best- sell the citizens out to their bribe paying friends.


  6. October 09, 2019 at 12:55 pm, mac said:

    When a problem does occur who will respond to make repairs?
    Will city or county employees do the work? Will they earn their regular pay rate?
    Will the new company supply their own highly trained staff to do the work at minimum wage and without any benefits?


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