Why public ownership?

PWN advocates that Cal Am be replaced with a community owned system under the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District (MPWMD). This would achieve community control, accessibility and transparency. The MPWMD board is elected by and answerable to the voters.

Currently 87% of the water systems in the country are publicly owned for good reason. Public ownership generally provides the best service for the lowest cost to customers. Private ownership is about providing the highest return to shareholders. Cal Am has a vested interest in protecting and increasing shareholder profits.