Water privatization has also been a disaster. Rates have soared and pollution increased. Those who cannot afford the new rates have had their water supply disconnected. Diseases such as cholera have made a come back in poor nations where alternative sources of water are contaminated. Privatization has transformed water from a human right to an ‘economic good’ that must be paid for by those who use it.3 And now the large European water conglomerates are preparing to buy up municipal water supplies in the US.