Should People Have The Right To Live Without Drinking Water

An essential resource to all living things is water. According to the United States Geological Survey, only 2.5% of the world’s water is freshwater, which is the amount needed for life to survive (2016). The majority of the freshwater is locked up in glaciers and ice caps. The rest of the freshwater is trapped in soil or underground aquifers. It is easily forgotten that water is a finite resource. Due to global warming, reservoirs are getting smaller and melting earlier than expected. According to NASA satellite data, the world’s largest underground aquifers, which is a source of freshwater for hundreds of millions of people, are being depleted at alarming rates (2016). There should be a huge concern that 21 out of the world’s 37 largest aquifers …show more content…
Water is needed for the basis of survival which include drinking, cooking, and basic hygiene. Everyone should be able to drink water without having the consequence of getting sick. A person who cannot afford water should have the ability to receive safe drinking water. People can go several weeks without food, but only a few days without water. The government should provide clean and safe water for the entire population. It took years for the recognition of every human being having the right to have safe drinking water. On July 28, 2010, the United Nations made a resolution that “Recognizes the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights” (2016). Not every nation is on board with accepting that water is a human right. It should be noted that an element that is a necessity to life is actually killing the population. According to the UN, nearly 900 million people live without clean water and 2.6 billion without proper sanitation. At least 4,000 children die every day from water-related diseases. The United Nations also stated that more lives has been lost to contaminated water than all forms of violence, even war. The Flint water crisis is a prime example that shows the failure of recognizing water is a human right. Every one should have access to fresh clean water regardless of their location. An UN member …show more content…
I think there should be a balance between the two, which is the difficult part. There is no doubt in my mind that water is a human right. I strongly believe that everyone should have the ability to have access to safe drinking water at all times. Nobody’s water should be contaminated regardless of their financial standpoint. I do believe that the government should do everything in their power to provide the population with safe water. There should not be more people dying from contaminated water than any other form of violence. My position on this topic did get altered slightly from completing this assignment. I would say that “water should be free because we need it to survive.” Now I realized all the factors that come into effect and why water is not a free good. I understand that it takes millions/billions of dollars to get the water filtered and cleaned. The chance of water being wasted would more than likely increased if water is a free good. That would in turn make things even worse, especially since water is not unlimited. There need to be balance between water being treated as a human right and it being a commodity as

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