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 U.S. consumers get their water from publicly owned systems. Public ownership generally provides the best service for the lowest cost to customers. Private ownership is about profit and providing the highest return to shareholders. Local control is also an important benefit of public ownership.