The Cochabamba Water War. A Flashpoint in the Global Conflict Over Natural Resources Privatization. Cochabamba. Bolivia is the poorest country in South America History of colonial, foreign, and class exploitation Cochabamba is the third largest city in Bolivia, pop. 600,000.
A Flashpoint in the Global Conflict Over Natural Resources Privatization
to obtain permits for water extraction.
Half of the increase was necessary for paying
down the more than $30 million debt that was
accumulated under the public utility that had
previously operated the system.
“Water promises to be to the twenty-first century what oil was to the twentieth…”
- Fortune Magazine May 2000