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A World of Water and Not a Drop to Drink

            Water is one of the most precious resources that we have, yet regardless of its scarcity, it continues to be mismanaged. Water is more precious than oil despite the fact that our planet's surface is made of 70% of the precious liquid; 97 percent that water is ocean salt water and not fit for human consumption. Fresh water is essential for life of most organisms, including people and the livestock we raise as a food source. In less than 100 years the world population has tripled while fresh water resources have dwindled. Currently approximately one-third of the world's population is suffering from water scarcity. Around the world there is growing discord over the availability of fresh water that have led to conflict. The privatization of water has been one solution tried in for the solution to the shortage.
             In her article "The Race to Buy Up the World's Water," Jeneen Interlandi discusses the problem of the ever growing global water shortage and how privatization might impact the future supply of this precious resource. One area of privatization is looking at shipping freshwater from water rich areas like Blue Lake in Alaska by converted oil tankers to India to be bottled and then distributed to water needy regions. Several third world countries have already been forced to privatize their water supply by The World Bank with not many positive outcomes. Water privatization has increased the cost of water for the public and many people in these countries are poverty stricken and are suffering more as a result of these price increases. Some people believe that privatizing water would put too much control in the hands of private business and that citizens will lose out. Water privatization is a for profit business and because of this there would be no incentive for conservation which would help the water crisis. Those who have water will survive and those with shortages could die or go to war.

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