Should Water Be a Commodity or a Right?

We all love our water, maybe even a little too much. Only 2.5% of Earth’s water is freshwater, and most of helps form our glaciers and ice caps. As human population continue to increase, there is a growing demand for water with a limited supply. Typically, runoff from glaciers bass helped keep our reservoirs full; but global warming has caused these resources to melt earlier and lose precious freshwater. Our reservoirs are being emptied faster than they are being replenished, which means we will eventually run out of water. Luckily, some districts and cities implement water restrictions, but many are reluctant to do so.

Most people in the United States pay their local city to transport and filter water. In rural areas, homeowners receive their water from their own wells. Desalination plants are located in some areas to make water safe to drink; but desalination is a long and expensive process. Some argue that the price of water should be raised, but others argue that that would give an unfair advantage to the wealthy. Others believe that the best solution is to universally treat water for free to the public, and should be available to everyone.

Personally, I believe we all have the right to water, but I think regulations should be put in place to help conserve water. What do you guys think? Comment below or tweet @KQEDEdspace and add #DoNowWater

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2 Comments

  1. Interesting article – can’t say I have a good answer for that problem.

  2. I’m bummed that it doesn’t look like you tweeted your thoughts to #DoNowWater. This was a perfect discussion to be part of after starting the year watching F.L.O.W.

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