Activists say despite politicians’ denials, recent proposals would put supplies in hands of private sector, intensifying country’s profound water crisis

When a local government ruling in the Salvadoran town of Nejapa stopped Coca-Cola from drilling wells in the community, residents thought their campaign against the drinks giant had ensured their continued access to clean water.

But that 2015 success now seems under threat after the Salvadoran national assembly recently took steps activists believe will lead to the privatisation of the country’s water supplies.

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