Essay on The Need For Fresh Water

1241 Words Jul 6th, 2016 null Page
The need for fresh water grows alongside the burgeoning global population; but with rising temperatures and varying climates, water’s dispersal is becoming less uniform and less predictable to the extent that even historical bodies of water like Lake Chad may become dry. With this sporadic access to water, questions rise as to the proper method of water distribution. Privatization is a proposed method that claims private companies ought to be tasked with the treatment and distribution of water, rather than the current system which employs the government as the main mechanism of distribution and holds that water is a public resource. While the number of people who receive their water from privatized sources increased globally by six fold in the 1990s (Davila 53), privatization can only ethically exist under specific regulations to prevent the excessive burdens to consumers and the wanton deprivation of natural sources of water. The basic nature of privatization is the formation of an equilibrium between a buyer and seller, such that the two are attempting to maximize their respective interests. This relationship, however, is only possible when each party has some ability to exert power—usually in the form of resisting purchase. While food is a necessity, there is an ability to exert the power of resisting, as food can exist in various forms. For instance, the price of wheat may rise to unreasonable levels, but the price of rice may be suitable and the consumer could…

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