An Natural Resource For Human Survival

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Without a doubt, water is most essential natural resource for human survival. However, over 1.2 billion people do not have adequate water for drinking. Only 3% of the world’s current supply of water is freshwater (Bozzo et al. 2009). Profit is made out of the transportation of water, leading to the destruction of ecosystems. There is a real universal scarcity of water, and the privatization of water is exacerbating the water crisis. Unless measures are taken to combat the commodification of water, it may well be the case that “the wars of the next century will be fought over water”, as warned by Ismail Serageldin. The World Bank has advocated the privatization water and has declared it to be a solution to the worldwide water crisis. Although most people in the world are utilizing water that is controlled by the government, water is being taken out of public control, and large corporations such as Veolia and Suez are monopolizing it (Bozzo et al. 2009). Instead of trying to sustain water sources and making sure that people have sufficient water, a rising number of governments are turning to water privatization. Privatization has been highly controversial—it harms the environment, and is ethically questionable. Corporate control of water utilities is common in Europe, the United States, and Latin America, but it is only a matter of time before most countries adopt privatization, unless they take steps to cease pressures to no longer treat water as a public right (Glennon 2005). Despite claims that privatization results in cleaner and safer water, as well as more efficient distribution of water, the commodification of water has numerous adverse effects that are irreversible. There is no evidence that the commodification of water ... ... middle of paper ... ...ectations, such a partnership can be highly useful for discovering more effective alternative ways to handle water. The government is more likely to be mindful of consumers’ health, and is also more likely to reveal the truth regarding its actions and the allocation of resources. At the same time, private water companies should user their knowledge to help facilitate the distribution of water to areas in which the infrastructure is lacking, without increasing prices to the extent that it is no longer affordable for some people. It is also important to note that simultaneously, companies may lead to more funding for water-related projects. Water is the most important universal need, and is not commodity, but a public good. Hence, it is imperative that a firm stance is taken against complete water privatization in order to successfully combat the world’s water crisis.
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