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Should water be considered a public good (not privatized)?

  • Water Crisis: human right or commodity?

    Water is a fundamenal human right, and not everyone has money to buy it. If they dont have the funds to buy the water then they will become unhealty and die. It should be a right because a billion people lack access to a basic water supply, and less than half of Africa live more than a 15 minute mwalk away from clean water.

  • That gives incentive for charging the air we breath.

    I don't see any right of making water private. Water exists in nature, and should be available for everyone.
    If water is privatized, this will give more profit and power to the companies that sell it. More power means more control. Companies already control enough aspects of our daily lives. Controlling the water supply as well, and distributing it as they see fit, it reduces our freedom even more. So, let's not make water private, because if it becomes private then -who knows?- maybe in the future they will privatize the air we breathe.

  • We have to have it

    We need water, the UN says we have a right to clean water - they force us to give money to a private company with no alternative. That's an illegal monopoly in my book. I would be happy to pay the same amount to the state of my country - not Dubai who own Thames water.

  • WATER SHOULD BE FREE!

    I don't see any right of making water private. Water exists in nature, and should be available for everyone.
    If water is privatized, this will give more profit and power to the companies that sell it. More power means more control. Companies already control enough aspects of our daily lives. Controlling the water supply as well, and distributing it as they see fit, it reduces our freedom even more. So, let's not make water private, because if it becomes private then -who knows?- maybe in the future they will privatize the air we breathe.

  • YES YES YES!

    Why would you privatize something so essential to, not only the human race but to plants and animals. It will be a messed up world the day we privatize water. This should not even be considered a question, only corrupt people would think of something so messed up like this. WE NEED TO RE-HUMANISE THE WORLD ASAP!

  • Modern industry is extremely powerful

    As the state of art of technology of today, absolute, sustainable abundance should be the hallmark of our present civilization. Providing for every nutritional need, for every human being, is the least that can be expected from our society. Today techniques of water tapping, gathering and storage, vastly exceeds the demand from the general public of the world, as well as the capability to distribute it.

    I can't believe there is still people, with enough stupidity and/or greed, that wishes water to be a luxury and not a human right.

  • Private companies are just profit makers

    Water service is a basic human right and not a business. Water will be best managed by a government which is answerable to the public and not by private companies. Also privatization will lead to even more corruption in the society.
    Privatization is not the cure to corruption rather a cause for corruption.

  • Water should be available to everyone for free!

    Water should be free to everyone! Water is something living things need to live and grow (plants, animals, and humans.) The greedy people who sell water for money should not be allowed! Water is like air, we need it. Take a poor family, in the future water will be used so much from the generation's, the price will go up, and poor family's may not be able to afford water, so they could die!

  • It's vital for our life; to afford will not be healthy.

    Water is vital for the lives of all humans, meaning we must have it for free. Another is that the water that we take in to help us has to be clean and purified and it is not all humans who are able to afford this clean and purified water. If all cannot afford it, this means that those who are not able to will either not be healthy or clean or might die of the lack of water in the body. Well, I think the government has to make it free so that all will be able to afford it and we can all live a good life. I hope you like my opinion and also hope the government likes this.

  • Profit Versus People

    Just because you can collect and market a resource doesn't give you the right to allocate it at your own free will and for people to purchase it from you. With enough money, one could acquire all the rice in the world through private purchasing, then process it and sell it back to the population at a ridiculous mark-up. Americans may not notice much of a difference, but developing countries would most likely starve. You might think this is an exaggeration but water is even MORE free and common than rice. And nobody is buying WATER -- they're buying property and stealing a NECESSARY *natural resource* and then selling it back for 100% profit. THAT is absurd.

  • Rainwater is a public good, tap water isn't.

    I don't need to argue it, that's simply what the term "public good" actually means! There is no discussion about that.

    Tap water is a private good, by defintion: it is privately produced and then traded, not given away for free.

  • Water should not be considered a public good because it could lead to even further waste

    Water should not be considered a public good because it could create even further inefficiencies in how water is distributed. People currently waste and take for granted water supplies. It exacerbated the drought situation in California. If water is considered a public good, it could mean less efficient distribution of water based on regional need and resources.

    Posted by: SandDari
  • What's the difference between food and water?

    Food has been privatized for years and no one has every had a problem? You may say the deference between food and water is that there are a billion and one different types of food and only one water and this may be true but there is clean and dirty water and humans need both to survive a lack of it kills so really the only difference that matters is it hasn't been privatized, Yet.

  • Water Privatization helps water poor countries

    These companies may charge more for water in wealthy and water rich countries like the States and Canada but in places in Africa people have to pay amazingly high rates for dirty and water that carries disease. There have been reports that the cost for this dirty water is 12 times the amount of money that private water companies would charge for Clean and healthy water.

  • Not in the sense activists use these terms

    Readers should understand the context in which this question is asked. A group of activists have made this argument in many places recently, and by "public good" and "privatized" they mean certain things that may not be apparent.

    For example, they mean that as a public good, water should be free, regardless of ability to pay. Of course, it takes substantial capital investments and operations expenses to provide clean drinking water to every home and business, and someone must pay the bill. The activists' solution is to pay for it with taxes, rather than water utility rates. However, as pointed out by many above, this leads to overuse, as water users don't see a connection between their usage and costs. This is an environmentally poor approach.

    Activists also mean that allocation of water on a large scale (i.E., between utilities or industries, not between individual residents who normally just buy water from a utility) should be determined by the public, i.E., politicians, without the functioning of markets or other economic forces. If one smaller city owns water rights, the activists would say that citizens of a larger city should be able to come and take those water rights based on political power, without compensating the smaller city. According to the activists, "privatized" or "commoditized" in this case means that water may be allocated by property rules and transferred or exchanged for money. Personally, I believe a property rights and market system works better than a political one, since it allows the two cities to agree on the terms of a transfer, whereas under the political system, whoever has more votes will be able to impose their will on others. While there is a place for such actions in a democracy, we also need to protect the rights of the minority, and property rights are one of the best ways to do that.

    While water is a "public good" in the sense that it should be managed for the benefit of all, and everyone should have access, that is not what the activists mean by that term. Unfortunately, they deceive a lot of the public with the use of such newspeak.

  • It just transfers the cost

    Transporting water to people's houses costs money. If water was free that cost would have to go to tax. If there were a flat amount for everyone, people would get annoyed for paying the same tax even though they use less water. So it would become a pay for what you use thing, which is what it is already. The only difference is where your money goes. It is the same concept for electric cars. The electricity has to come from somewhere which is almost always from a polluting source.

    Not to mention, the things people don't pay for they tend to be reckless with. Which would create huge issues for the world's water problem.

  • Water should be privatized!!!!!!!!

    Water should be privatized because if we keep using water to clean and use and then waste we shouldn't have to give water to companies that are just going to use water for selling just to make their company more money and themselves more rich... Its not right to be letting people have all the water they want because eventually there wont be any water left in the world and there will never be life on earth again.

  • We hardly have any pure water

    With the lack of pure water we shouldn't just allow any water company to have our water because we don't know if they are returning ground water back, we don't know what they are doing to that water. It is our water and it should be open to the public.

  • Water should be privatized for the public good

    There is a very limited amount of freshwater available. We are using this water faster than ever before. After the Clean Water Act and other federal clean up programs, much of the water we contaminated is now safe for consumption again. But we are still facing an issue where water is being consumed faster than it is being "replaced" (for example, we are using ground water faster than the water can seep into the ground to replenish the aquifer). I think that through privatization, our water has a chance. I think the issue now it that every one believes that water is public. Water is basically public now, and most do not limit the amount of water they are using. But if we were to privatize water, I imagine that people would begin to realize how much water they are using, and how much of that water is "wasted." I do not agree with giving corporations the right to do anything with our water. But I think that private water could be the first step in mass scale conservation. This privatization would have to be scrutinized and monitored regularly by the government (when it is up and running again), of course. But the only way to ensure we will have clean, fresh water for decades to come is to start conserving it and cleaning it up now.

  • Water Should Not Be a Public Good

    Is water is a public good, then big business men will sit back take up all the clean water on earth and then sell it to you for $2 a bottle, not for the water, but only for the bottle, an the name on it. That in my opinion why water should not be considered a public good.


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Anonymous says2013-04-19T19:46:12.423
Water should be free you need it to live.You should not have to pay for it.