Water - whose is it?

Water privatisation led to mass protest and the election of Evo Morales as President of Bolivia. The chairman of Nestle recently suggested that it is the water companies who are best placed to own, control and manage water.

Logic, common sense and experience suggest otherwise. If profit is the motivation and water companies are located offshore (as are many UK water companies), where is the accountability to those reliant on this component of the commons, essential to life?

Thames Water: Unfit to protect our environment by David Hencke
The record £20m fine for Thames Water’s multiple pollution of the River Thames and its tributaries with over 1.4 billion tonnes of untreated sewage shows how badly the company was managed.
It makes the incident where the company polluted the Wendover Arm of the Grand Union Canal seem small fry compared to the damage the company caused to humans, livestock. wildife and fish across Hertfordshire,Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

Water is a common, community resource and needs to be managed accordingly, by the community, like all other commons.

Access to clean water, like other commons (land, resources, knowledge etc.) is our birthright but the political economy denies it to us. We need to change the system...

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