Edward M Muskie, A U.S. Senator said In a speech given March 1, 1966, "High quality water is more than the dream of the conservationists, more than a political slogan; high quality water, in the right quantity at the right place at the right time, is essential to health, recreation, and economic growth."
Water is essential to human life, without water, human life is not possible.
You say that without water, human life is impossible. The human body is quite the miracle worker in terms of survival. Recent studies have shown that the human body can go as much as three whole days without a drop of water, and still survive. With this in mind; why not sell high quality water, and use said money for something more helpful. Perhaps even the purification and distribution of even more water?
You stated that "the human body is quite the miracle worker in terms of survival. Recent studies have shown that the human body can go without water", but only for three days. What would happen to people after the said three days? The answer is quite simple they would not survive. You also stated " why not sell high quality water and use said money for something more helpful". What would happen to the less fortunate people in society who can not afford the above mentioned high quality water. The answer is quite obvious, they will not survive. So therefore you are stating that you are willing to let the less fortunate people in society perish.
As Americans, we should be able to know the difference between those who are are are not less fortunate. For instance, people who have a good-standing GDP Per-Capita should have to pay for a bottle of purified water, while said money should go to giving water to someone who has no job, or is homeless. If we were to sell water to those who can afford it, and split the earnings by giving water to the needy, we can use the other part of the money to do a multitude of things; such as manufacturing new jobs for said needy. Tell me this: if we were to just hand out water to every person out there, regardless of finances, we would end up losing quite a large amount of money in the process. As I've stated, the less-fortunate should get their water for free, but those who aren't need to pay for their water, as it seems only fair.
You stated that "as Americans", then let me ask you this. What about the less fortunate countries such as India and Iraq? They have horrible GDP Per-Capital. You also stated that " if we were to just hand out water to every person out there, regardless of finances, we would end up losing quite a large amount of money in the process", so your saying that we would lose money, but would it not increase our relations with other countries. Vote for Pro
For the other countries such as India and Iraq, that's yet another thing we could use our earned finances on from selling water to the more fortunate. If people paid a simple price, say one dollar, for a bottle of water, imagine what possibilities could come from the earnings of said water. Just consider my intentions.