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MONDAY FORUM: “Defending Our Water: What You Need to Know Before You Vote”

October 21, 2012


The following is a press release detailing tomorrow night’s water forum:

“Defending Our Water: What You Need to Know Before You Vote”
Monday, October 22
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Jubilee Community Church, 46 Wall St.
Free & open to the public

People who live in the city limits of Asheville will be asked on the Nov. ballot: “Shall the City of Asheville undertake the sale or lease of its water treatment and water distribution system?” A growing list of organizations and businesses is endorsing a VOTE of NO on this nonbinding referendum! Defeating the referendum will give our city officials proof that the residents of Asheville don’t want to lose control of their water system.

The Asheville City Council advanced the referendum after a proposal was made by the NC State legislature which would remove control of the water system from the city of Asheville and turn it over to the Metropolitan Sewerage District (MSD), which is administered by an unelected regional board.

Guest speakers include:

– City Councilwoman Esther Manheimer, who will explain the wording and purpose of the referendum and the status of ongoing studies by local governments;

– Renée Maas & Mary Grant of the consumer organization Food & Water Watch, on the pitfalls of reduced local control of water systems in other areas across the country;

– Local activist Barry Summers, who will present a brief historical overview on the issue and update us on where we go from here.

Of all the utility services, water is the one we simply can’t live without – that’s why it’s urgent that decisions about water be transparent, local, and with plenty of opportunities for the public to participate. Let’s send a message loud and clear that our community’s drinking water is too important for decisions to be made behind closed doors in Raleigh while local residents’ voices are ignored!

A Q&A session will follow the presentation. The forum is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by Mountain Voices Alliance, Clean Water for NC, Food & Water Watch, WNC Alliance and WENOCA Sierra Club.

If you’d like to volunteer to help with community outreach, the upcoming forum, or other efforts, contact or call 828-255-8537 or, 251-1291.  Please forward this to others you think might be interested!



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