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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
  • Bcaues wn cen aford it

    Evrything is from the enviournment, so paple nead to chil and relax, cuz, everything is form the enviornetmt because evrything comes from the envioerment. What hapens if we trset maple syrip lik that, it woun't be goood. It wolnt maek any semse. Just chil, we can aferd it. Cum on. Srry anglish snced languahege

  • Bcaues wn cen aford it

    Evrything is from the enviournment, so paple nead to chil and relax, cuz, everything is form the enviornetmt because evrything comes from the envioerment. What hapens if we trset maple syrip lik that, it woun't be goood. It wolnt maek any semse. Just chil, we can aferd it. Cum on. Srry anglish snced languahege

  • Becuse its form the envorment

    Evrything is from the enviournment, so paple nead to chil and relax, cuz, everything is form the enviornetmt because evrything comes from the envioerment. What hapens if we trset maple syrip lik that, it woun't be goood. It wolnt maek any semse. Just chil, we can aferd it. Cum on.

  • Infrastructure is Important

    What side yes doesn't seem to realize is that sending water to homes takes pipes and pumps and purification centers. These become really expensive! Governments simply don't have the means to pay for installation and most importantly maintenance of infrastructure. For example Flint, Michigan has lead in its water by not replacing the pipes when they needed to. The government cut corners and now people are getting diseases. By modelling the privatized water in a similar way to telephone lines (different companies renting out parts of their infrastructure to other companies so they can sell water using these lines) there will be enough competition to keep prices fairly low. Also, even though the government doesn't have the ability to pay for infrastructure, they do have the ability to regulate private companies, including the costs they have for the first x amount of litres of water needed to live. By making those costs low, and extreme amounts of water high, it will create a disincentive to use a lot of water (unlike low government prices does now) and it allows lower income families to have enough to live on.

  • Infrastructure is Important

    What side yes doesn't seem to realize is that sending water to homes takes pipes and pumps and purification centers. These become really expensive! Governments simply don't have the means to pay for installation and most importantly maintenance of infrastructure. For example Flint, Michigan has lead in its water by not replacing the pipes when they needed to. The government cut corners and now people are getting diseases. By modelling the privatized water in a similar way to telephone lines (different companies renting out parts of their infrastructure to other companies so they can sell water using these lines) there will be enough competition to keep prices fairly low. Also, even though the government doesn't have the ability to pay for infrastructure, they do have the ability to regulate private companies, including the costs they have for the first x amount of litres of water needed to live. By making those costs low, and extreme amounts of water high, it will create a disincentive to use a lot of water (unlike low government prices does now) and it allows lower income families to have enough to live on.

  • Infrastructure is Important

    What side yes doesn't seem to realize is that sending water to homes takes pipes and pumps and purification centers. These become really expensive! Governments simply don't have the means to pay for installation and most importantly maintenance of infrastructure. For example Flint, Michigan has lead in its water by not replacing the pipes when they needed to. The government cut corners and now people are getting diseases. By modelling the privatized water in a similar way to telephone lines (different companies renting out parts of their infrastructure to other companies so they can sell water using these lines) there will be enough competition to keep prices fairly low. Also, even though the government doesn't have the ability to pay for infrastructure, they do have the ability to regulate private companies, including the costs they have for the first x amount of litres of water needed to live. By making those costs low, and extreme amounts of water high, it will create a disincentive to use a lot of water (unlike low government prices does now) and it allows lower income families to have enough to live on.

  • Infrastructure is Important

    What side yes doesn't seem to realize is that sending water to homes takes pipes and pumps and purification centers. These become really expensive! Governments simply don't have the means to pay for installation and most importantly maintenance of infrastructure. For example Flint, Michigan has lead in its water by not replacing the pipes when they needed to. The government cut corners and now people are getting diseases. By modelling the privatized water in a similar way to telephone lines (different companies renting out parts of their infrastructure to other companies so they can sell water using these lines) there will be enough competition to keep prices fairly low. Also, even though the government doesn't have the ability to pay for infrastructure, they do have the ability to regulate private companies, including the costs they have for the first x amount of litres of water needed to live. By making those costs low, and extreme amounts of water high, it will create a disincentive to use a lot of water (unlike low government prices does now) and it allows lower income families to have enough to live on.

  • We currently treat water like it's limitless, but it's not!

    We need incentives for homeowners and industry to conserve. Goodwill isn't working! The world is using fresh water from underground lakes, rivers, and glaciers much faster than it can replenish itself. Areas that are already low on water, like the Ganges in India, the Sahel in Africa, the Southwest States, the Yellow River in China, ETC ETC, are going to be so much worse in 15 years its hard to imagine. Water's actually cheaper in bulk, too, so industries are free to overuse. Governments have priced it lower than it's actually worth, because they don't want water costs to hinder their economy. Prices should reflect its actual worth, as long as there are allowances made for the private use of low-income families. The first 1000L per family should be low cost, then get way more expensive, because wasteful practices like private backyard pools and lawn watering should really be more expensive than they are.


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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.