On February 11th, 2010 a public rally against the complete privatization of Acea took place in Rome. Acea is the partly public company that manages the water distribution system in Rome and other cities of the Lazio region. The purpose of the rally was to remind the Major and the City Council that (quoting from online invitations) “water is a public good and no Major - regardless of how many votes he or she got - can give it away as if it were his or her provate property”
There are a lot of talks and public discussions in Italy these days about the “privatization of water” that should be soon approved by the national Parliament. Some people denounce a theft of all water that should be forbidden, period! There is also a “Save the Water” national campaign.
Other people declare that such concerns are just scaremongering, if not plain scams, because water as such will remain public and that the only change will be the possibility to assign the management of water distribution networks to private companies, not just government-owned ones.