ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – The French appear to be on the verge of getting involved in the St. Louis Water Department.

The plan calls for French-based firm Veolia Water North America to be paid $250,000 by the city to provide management and consulting for the city water department.

Comptroller Darlene Green is said to be OK with that.

“Darlene Green certainly believes that something as precisions as our water should remain under the control of the city,” Green’s Chief of Staff and Legal Counsel Elaine Spearman said.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay has asked Green to sign the contract.

Activists are concerned that the end-game would be to privatize the water department in a river town that has always enjoyed flat rate water bills.

Elaine said Comptroller Green doen’t agree with that line of thought, “I think Miss Green is not convinced that the City of St. Louis or the administration is trying to sell or get rid of the water department.”

A group known collectively as St. Louis Dump Veolia rallied Friday morning at City Hall.

They contend the company has a spotty environmental record, and they want the city’s Board of Aldermen to more closely scrutinize the deal.


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