Monday, July 6, 2009

Do I Have a Right to Safe Drinking Water?

After celebrating Independence Day this past weekend, a question occurred to me – should access to safe, plentiful drinking water be considered a right or a social responsibility?

Many would say that since water is a basic fundamental human need that it should be an unalienable right. Others believe that it is the responsibility of each of us to do our part to ensure that all humans have ample access to clean water. While yet others believe water is a commodity to be sold and traded as with other commodities to those who can afford it.

Where do you stand on this issue? I’d like to think that we all would choose to provide clean drinking water to all people. However, no matter what country you are in, access to clean water is not available to everyone. What can be done?


WaterLover said...

I equate water to air - it is necessary for survival. We don't pay for the air we breathe, yet we do pay for water. To me, the difference is the infrastructure - the pipes, pumps, wells, filters, treatment, etc. to deliver safe water. This means we all need the infrastructure to ensure our right to water.

Anonymous said...

we;re working on the resources to make sure animals get thier share of scarce water