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Tanzanian water privatisation project halted over claims it failed to improve access to water -- company denies the accusations (refers to Biwater, Gauff, City Water)

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25 May 2005

Flagship water privatisation fails in Tanzania: UK firm's contract cancelled amid row over supply

Author: John Vidal, Guardian [UK]

A flagship water privatisation scheme for Africa has collapsed amid claims that the British company involved has failed to improve the supply for millions of people...Tanzania has made a series of allegations against Biwater, which is working in Dar es Salaam with the German engineering firm Gauff under the name City Water...Yesterday Cliff Stone, the British chief executive of City Water, denied the accusations and said a case had been filed against the Tanzanian government for alleged breach of contract...The collapse of the contract throws into question other water privatisations planned around the world, and the British government's involvement in them.

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25 May 2005

Public backlash over private water deals

Author: John Vidal, Guardian [UK]

Water privatisation was meant to solve a world crisis that has left more than two billion people without clean water or sanitation...In the past decade there have been riots in Bolivia, after which western water companies were thrown out. There has also been discontent in Trinidad, Argentina, Ghana, South Africa and the Philippines...The role of the IMF, World Bank and governments lobbying for their own companies is being questioned widely. [refers to Suez, Thames, Biwater, Gauff, City Water, United Utilities, Bechtel, Aguas del Tunari]

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18 May 2005

Tanzania ditches private water supplier

Author: Jon Cronin, BBC

Tanzania has pulled the plug on a British and German-run company [City Water] supplying water to the country's commercial capital, Dar es Salaam...Dar es Salaam's three million residents have increasingly had to cope with erratic supplies and water shortages...reports...said City Water planned to challenge the government's decision to terminate its contract in court...City Water is owned by Britain's Biwater International, Gauff Ingenieure of Germany and Tanzanian investors Superdoll Trailer Manufacturers Limited...A spokeswoman for Biwater said the company was waiting for a reply to a request for clarification from the government on its announcement that City Water's contract had been terminated.

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