Water Is Still under Human Rights ?

Water scarcity is becoming a public issue due to the considerable “talk” on increasing its sustainable use. A couple of years back, the now chairman and former CEO of one of the largest food company, Nestle, talked about it for the first time. Peter Brabeck brought up the overlooked situation of water management.

According to him, “We are into a major crisis of water preservation and management.” He unfolded the unnoticed circumstances of increasing scarcity of fresh water. Brabeck said, “We should privatize water rather than keeping it a free resource under human rights” Upon this, an unsurprisingly negative reaction was seen from all around public and private sector and of course, the common mass.

The Reality

In the opinion of various reputed food and health organisations, if water gets privatized, a large population of tribal and rural areas will fall into a situation of drought. There is no denying the fact that we are running out of water and it can turn out to be a threat in the near future.

As Peter said, “Water is a human right and I totally agree with that”. He also added that it is sensible to provide the required amount of water for daily basic living that is approximately 30 litres a day. However, government is not obligated to fill a swimming pool, wash lawns, parks and cars. As per his views, “We should worry about the much larger population of the world who will suffer the loss of resource in future. Water administration under human rights should cover homes in the rural and tribal areas for the people incapable to afford the charge.”

The forecast and proposed planning

The present situation is evident to the dreadful scarcity of water resource in the whole world. We might run out of it much sooner, even before losing our oil resource. To avoid this situation, Nestle has extended hands with government NGOs to sort out the problem. NGOs are providing water for free to the below poverty line population.

Thankfully, we still have our precious natural resource under national human rights. Though privatizing it is still a campaign continued by the food organisation. Each of us are entitled for the right to water and thus, should have sufficient supply of safe, acceptable, and affordable water for both domestic and personal use.

National human rights protect the resource and supply the amount needed for our survival and the amount needed to maintain our dignity. We are all aware about the fine line between the two!


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