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Food and Water Watch: Bechtel Profits From Dirty Water in Ecuador

April 3, 2008
1:05 PM

CONTACT: Food and Water Watch
Maj Fiil
(202) 683-2500

Bechtel Profits From Dirty Water in Ecuador
Ecuadorian Delegation Bears Witness to Injustices of U.S.–Based Multinational Corporation

WASHINGTON, DC - April 3 - Cesar Cardenas and Augusto Parada are coming from Ecuador to Washington, DC, Boston, and San Francisco from April 11–24 with a mission. They are determined to hold U.S.–based multinational corporation Bechtel accountable for mismanagement of the water supply in Guayaquil, Ecuador, mismanagement that resulted in water shutoffs, contamination, and a deadly Hepatitis A outbreak in 2005. The company is now trying to sell–out to another private corporation, taking the profits from the community and leave its debts and contractual obligations behind. Bechtel’s privatization in Ecuador would not have been possible without a financial guarantee from the World Bank. Cardenas and Parada have filed an official complaint through the World Bank ombudsman seeking to cancel the guarantee –– the World Bank is currently investigating.

Speaking Engagements and Media Availability

Ecuadorian water activists Cesar Cardenas Ramirez and Augusto Parada Campos, of the Citizen's Observatory for Public Services, and Emily Joyner, the author of Murky Waters: A Critical and Purposeful Look at Water and Sanitation Services in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

* Washington, DC: April 11-15

When: April 11th, 6PM
Where: Busboys and Poets
2021 14th Street, NW

When: April 13th, 10:30AM
Where: Unitarian Universalist Church
Corner of Arlington Boulevard and George Mason Drive,

When: April 15th, 12 noon
Where: American University Washington College of Law, Rm 602
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

* Boston: April 16-20

When: April 20th, 10AM
Where: All Soul's Church
196 Elm Street
Braintree, Massachusetts

* San Francisco: April 21-23

When: April 21, 12:30PM
Where: Global Exchange
2017 Mission Street, 2nd Floor

When: April 21, 7PM
Where: Modern Times Bookstore
888 Valencia Street

When: April 23, 7-9PM
Where: First United Methodist Church
9 Ross Valley Drive at Fourth Street,
San Rafael

Media Availability

Throughout their tour, Cardenas and Parada are available for interviews and reporter meetings, either in Spanish or with the help of Joyner as their English translator.

Books Available

The book Murky Waters or Aguita Amarilla, written by Emily Joyner, is available in English and Spanish at Busboys and Poets or by emailing us at water(at)fwwatch(dot)org. The book documents in painful detail the failure of Bechtel's water privatization experiment in Guayaquil, Ecuador.


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