If you have the luxury of having a running faucet, it may be easy to overlook the fact that many parts of the world don’t have access to a steady source of water.
Actually, at least 1/3 of the world has a water supply that is either scarce or unsafe.
This year the United Nations is calling for global collaboration in regard to water, naming 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation.
Incorporating what efficiently works and sharing water provision success stories to facilitate a safe, steady global water supply sounds like an ideal that works for everyone, until the chance for profit peeps around the corner.
Some of those that understand in real terms what effect water scarcity has on a staggering part of the population are more than skeptical when mixing water with business.
It is argued that water, an essential for all living things, should not be commoditized and sold at inflated prices.
This most basic of necessities is already a participant in the roulette of big business, and with big profits. There is existing rivalry between water companies to be major providers to every industry, as well as businesses who take advantage of poverty stricken areas that lack water resources by charging high fees for questionable water rations.
Though many countries have implemented regulations affirming that water is an essential right, it is seemingly becoming an increasingly commercialized concept. The privatization of water and the consequences of doing so are presented in the book Water Wars by Vandana Shiva.
Offered is the wise truth that water is a common-stock natural property, not a private one. This factor seems to be forgotten about as it is bottled up, packaged and sold every day.
With such tremendous advances and expansions in areas like water technology, it is unacceptable that such a great part of the population has inadequate supplies or do not have sanitary water services.
Safe water is a fundamental human right that should be available to all, but often who has this life necessity is who can pay for it, and that is where the majority of providers concentrate their efforts.
This reality makes you question the structure of a world where something as natural and basic as water is allowed to be sequestered for some, but not available for all.
Source: Deen, T. 2013, February 11. U.N.’s Water Agenda at Risk of Being Hijacked by Big Business. Retrieved from: Inter Press Service News Agency
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