In the summer of 2017 Atlantic City residents fought to keep their local water utility public, and they won. They did this only months after several local casinos closed, and the city came near to declaring bankruptcy. The push to privatize Atlantic City’s water was a textbook example of disaster capitalism – where corporations use moments of crisis as a chance to make a profit. After seeing what happened in Flint, Michigan, local residents knew they had to stop their water from being turned over to an outside corporation. This is the story of how they won that fight.