The Ethics And Morality Of The Water Contamination Essay

1073 Words Nov 10th, 2016 5 Pages
Water contamination is a major issue, both to humans and the environment. There are many ethical issues surrounding companies who may contribute to water contamination and those who govern water safety. Water contamination events can cause nationwide concern, such as the drinking water in the city of Flint, Michigan and the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico. Water contamination can have disastrous consequences for the human population with effects such as birth defects and non-communicable diseases. According to the textbook, there is a good chance that future wars will be fought over access to water and other resources. This means fresh (non-contaminated) water should be a resource we work hard to preserve before it is too late. In the end, a question of the ethics and morality of companies making cost-cutting measures in lieu of added safety precautions is raised. Should companies be obligated to preserve the environment and the health of their shareholders at the cost of a higher profit? Discussed here will be the causes and effects of the different events as well as their ethical repercussions and reasoning. According to Norman Bowie, the two environmental obligations that a business has, are to not lobby against environmental legislation and to educate the public about environmental protection. Measures to ensure the safety of water can have an expensive sunk cost. It can take a while for a company to realize the benefits of their investment. This…

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