Potable Water Is Not A “Right”, It’s A Man-Made Product

Daily Times: Efforts to privatise water infrastructure condemned
I can see why Third World countries would be reluctant to have a private water system when most advanced countries don’t do so either. Nevertheless, if they wish to avoid draught and overuse of a scarce resource, they’ll need to acknowledge the laws of economics and allow prices to be set by a market.

Developed countries should do the same.

KYOTO: The participants of the 3rd World Water Forum on Friday came down heavily on IMF, World Bank and other donor agencies for their efforts to privatise the water infrastructure in the developing countries.

The participants lashed out at the donor agencies when representatives of the IMF, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, World Water Council started presenting their viewpoints in the favour of the “report of the world panel on financing water infrastructure.”

The participants from Libya, South African region and India took on the donor agencies for their policies on the development of water infrastructure to provide the poor people easy access to drinking and irrigational water especially in the developing countries.

They unanimously opposed the report saying people in the developing countries cannot afford to take loans for water. They stressed that developed courtiers and their respective governments should cut down their military budgets and pool the capital for funding to develop the water infrastructure in the developing countries.

The participant from the Libya took on the IMF and World Bank for their resolve to finance the water projects saying that water belongs to earth and all species for all time. It is inalienable human right. He said water is not a commodity and must not be left to the whims of a market because no person or entity has the right to profit from it. “ Water must not therefore be privatised, traded or exported for commercial gains,” he said.

They can continue to pretend that water is different from other products and feel good about their principled stand, but that’ll do nothing to make people less thirsty.

No comments yet.

Leave a Comment