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Should Water Be a Commodity or a Right?

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Should we consider water as a commodity, available only to those who can pay for it, or as a right, freely available to everyone to use (and to waste)? Why?

Introduction

Water is essential to life on earth, but only 2.5% of the world’s water is freshwater and the majority of that is locked up in glaciers and ice caps. Our historic water sources may be drying up as a growing number of companies, cities and individuals compete for water. Runoff from glaciers and snowpack has historically helped keep reservoirs full, but due to global warming, these resources are getting smaller and melting earlier. Another major source of the world’s drinking water is aquifers, or underground reservoirs. These “invisible” lakes are being emptied faster than they are being replenished. The current drought in California may even leave some cities and areas in the state without water at all. While certain water districts and cities put water restrictions in place, others are reluctant to do so, or don’t have the means to enforce restrictions.

The solutions to our water issues are complex. In most cities in the United States, people pay the city to transport and filter water, usually a few dollars per 1,000 gallons of water or a flat fee. In rural areas, water is often supplied by homeowners’ wells. In some areas, desalination plants have been put in place to make ocean water safe to drink, but desalination is a long and costly process. When water is scarce, factories, farmers and individuals have to compete for the same rare resource. Some say that putting a higher price on water would give people an incentive to conserve. Not only would they save water, they’d save money, too. But others say that this would give the wealthy an advantage, and that the only solution is to treat water as a universal right, free and available to everyone regardless of ability to pay.

What do you think? Should water be treated as a right or a commodity? Should it be equally available to all people regardless of conservation efforts and labor costs? Or should it be a commodity, more easily accessible to those who are financially well off? What other information would you need before deciding?

Resource

KQED Science audio California Communities That Pay a Flat Rate for Water Use
For generations, water meters have been an important tool for measuring how much water people use in California. And the drought has intensified the importance of that measurement. However, more 250,000 homeowners and businesses don’t have meters installed. They pay a flat rate for all the water they use…and use more water than those with meters.


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More Resources

United Nations infographic The Human Right to Water
On July 28, 2010, the United Nations General Assembly recognized the human right to clean drinking water by passing a resolution. This infographic shares eight facts about the resolution.

NPR audio story The Search For Drinking Water In California Has Led To The Ocean
The California drought has state officials searching for alternative sources of water, including desalinated ocean water.


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  • jack cow

    hmm… let’s see here. Should we make an essential part of human existence something that only a privileged few can get, or should we make it free for all? Did I just answer my own question there?

    We view free speech as an inalienable right. We’d all flip out if our ability to speak freely was taken away (just look at the outrage over gun control and the 2nd amendment). Yet, as important as free speech is, we can all live without it. Last time I checked, there wasn’t some natural law that said we’d die if we couldn’t speak our minds. Sure, it’s frustrating to not have your ideas heard, but dehydration and death can also be pretty major roadblocks to happiness. We need three things to survive: air, water, and food. You take away one, and we’re all dead. So let’s keep access to water open to all who need it. We’d need to regulate water consumption to prevent waste and overuse, but that goes for anything in this world. So lets all get together and watch our water usage, cuz it’s a resource that literally affects almost everything on this planet. That’s something worth fighting for.

    • http://thesarcasticwasian.blogspot.com Audrey S

      I agree with what you’re saying, especially that the three necessities of life should not be taken away. However, food is not a right. Similar to water, there are many places in this country and the world where people do not have access to food due to financial need. Do we now make food a right as well, or should it remain a commodity because it’s not in danger of literally running out? Although its not in danger of being completely exacerbated as water is (except for fish, which is another thing) it does have many environmental and moral consequences when it is over produced as it is now such as fertilizer and manure runoff, fossil fuel burning, pesticide complications, animal cruelty, etc.

    • Petty_Period2_BoydBence

      You make some amazing points here! Water is one of those things that should just be apart of everyday life! Everybody likes to say that America is a Free Country, but they don’t like the idea of free things for people who don’t work. Water is essential to sustaining human life, and there shouldn’t be a price put to that. We need to keep in mind that not everybody is as well off as we are, and that they need help sometimes! We need to open our hearts and open our minds to the idea of free water because in the long run it will help everybody.

    • Lukep_3boydbence

      You make some really good points here. Like where you say that if you take one thing away we all die. In this case its water and you’re absolutely right. Take away water and all of us lose one thing that we need to survive.”Water is essential to life on earth, but only 2.5% of the world’s water is freshwater”( source is from the article above). If we all get together and watch our usage then lets do it. Like you said “it’s a resource that literally affects almost everything on this planet. That’s something worth fighting for.”

    • madisono-2boydbence

      I completely agree with you. Water is essential to most life on earth and therefore should be a right. There are so many conflicts and issues regarding access and ability to retrieve water, and even more so, clean, drinkable water; those who may not be able to obtain such a thing are in need of our help. Organizations like, Water.org are helping improve these situations by providing those in South Asia, Africa, etc. with clean water, so that they can survive and lead a better life. But, this issue wouldn’t be as prominent if water were to be a right everywhere. With most living things, needing water to live, we need to make sure that we conserve and not waste the water supply we have. This is a very important aspect of water being a right, that we all need to be educated on.

      This website explains more about water and water rights. http://www.righttowater.info/why-the-right-to-water-and-sanitation/

    • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

      I agree that water is a right. But I think its a right we should pay for individually. They are saying that by making it a right it will be “free” but that isn’t true. If we don’t pay for water individually then we will pay for it in our taxes, but either way we will pay for it. Paying for water individually is just more fair to those who don’t use as much water as others. I know it might be hard to afford but if poorer people aren’t using what little money they have to pay for water, then they need to straighten out their priorities and make sure they are spending their money on the right things. However, I do understand that this is not the case for all poor people and many of them are trying their best, which is why I think that we should try and help out with organizations that provide clean water to people for no cost as this still remains such a big issue. “884 million people in the world do not have access to safe drinking-water” (found on http://www.un.org/waterforlifedecade/pdf/facts_and_figures_human_right_to_water_eng.pdf )
      We can help this by donating to charities and organizations, it would be very extreme to just make all water free.

    • ESigler-2boydbence

      Jack,
      I completely agree. Water is an essential part of living a healthy life. Why should only special people get to live a healthy life?
      Also, I liked what you said about freedom of speech. Not being able to speak your mind is frustrating, but so is dying or thirst.
      Water is a natural substance needed by our bodies. Why are we putting a price on living?

    • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

      I agree with what you are saying but, food and water is not a right to live by. It is a necessity to live with. Everyone needs food and water to live. If you take that away from us we will die. Water is a healthy lifestyle to live by and everyone should have that privilege.

    • BellaP_3boydbence

      I agree with what you are saying completely and I really liked the way you got your message out. Water is something we need as humans to survive and if we don’t have it we are gone. It can range anywhere from 3 hours to 3 days to go without water. If we make water accessible to everyone we won’t have to wait 3 hours or 3 days. http://www.livescience.com/32320-how-long-can-a-person-survive-without-water.html

    • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

      I
      completely agree with you. Everyone has the right to live. You need water to
      live. If you take away water, you take away life. To make only the people that
      can afford it is like saying only the rich can live life fully. Achieving
      universal access to safe water and sanitation would save 2.5 million lives
      every year. Now imagine putting a price on water. Millions of more people would
      die because of unsafe water and the fact that water is only a privilege. To donate
      for people to have safe water go to http://water.org/water-crisis/water-facts/water/.

    • emily_p_2shuttleboydbence

      I agree with you 100%. Water is a necessity. In this article, http://www.righttowater.info/why-the-right-to-water-and-sanitation/ it talks about all the uses of water, “water is fundamental to fulfill many of the most basic human needs; such as for the preparation of food, for personal hygiene, menstrual hygiene and to wash hands before eating or after using the toilet” Life is a human right, so water should be too because without water, there is no life.

    • Tclark-2boydbence

      Jack,

      I completely agree. Water is something we need to exist. Without it we cannot survive. However millions of people don’t have access to any, at least any that is clean and safe to drink. All over the globe people risk drinking contaminated water instead of dying from dehydration because they have no other options. Drinking contaminated water is extremely dangerous and can cause serious health problems. These problems can include Gastrointestinal illness,Legionnaire’s Disease, various parasites and much more. (http://water.epa.gov/drink/contaminants/) Losing people to these diseases or dehydration is unfair to them and unfair to the world. Clean and accessible water needs to be provided to everyone.

    • Riley_R_1BoydBence

      I agree that we shouldn’t put a price on clean water because it is an essential part of life. Putting a price on clean water is like putting a price on life or air. I do think we should make it free, but we can’t waste that water if it becomes free.

    • CarlosR_3BoydBence

      You are right in every way. The privileged should not have all the water. Saying things like that means that only the privileged should be able to live. According to http://www.waterinfo.org/resources/water-facts, we use 3.9 trillion gallons of water per month in the US. In home water usage our faucets, showers, washing machines and toilets take up about 82% of the 176 gallons used by the average American. Compared to people in Africa who live off of 5 gallons I think that we should conserve our water and let other people who need it have it.

      Source: http://www.waterinfo.org/resources/water-facts

    • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

      This very well said it actually gave me another perspective on this subject. I agree with you its seems to be something that we don’t take too seriously when we should be.Like what you said its even more important then free speech because water is a necessity to live. I think if we as the privileged people should all limit our use of water because half the time we waste tons that we don’t even realize. We constantly use water for recreation not even just to survive. Around 700 million people in 43 countries suffer today from water scarcity. Read more about water scarcity in the link below.
      Source:http://www.un.org/waterforlifedecade/scarcity.shtml

    • taylor_w_2nd

      I agree that we should not put a price on clean water because doing so would essentially mean that you are putting a price on a persons life, since that clean water is essential to live. I think that regulating water is a good idea, but I also think it would be really difficult to enforce because you would have to control the amount of water each person uses in their daily lives.

    • Guest

      I agree with you. Drinking water isn’t a recreational activity. It is a NEED, or people denied this right will die. It does more for us than we seem to realize.

    • ChristinePBoydBence_4thPeriod

      I agree with you. Drinking water isn’t a recreational activity. It is a NEED, or people denied this right will die. It does more for us than we realize. Here are some examples…

    • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

      I agree, water is a need and we need it bad. 65% of our body is made out of water. And to substain this balance we need to drink a lot of water. So I do believe that water is a big need. So why make it a commodity.

    • KshitijK_2BoydBence

      Jack Cow, I agree, if we have freedom of speech, we need to have freedom of water, but we need to learn to conserve it, don’t waste it when it doesn’t need to be wasted. Our body can not survive long without water.

    • LawsonZ_3BoydBence

      I do not agree with the reasoning behind what you are saying but what you believe is true. The only thing I dont agree with is the idea of regulating water from people. I just don’t see that happening in this day and age. but overall I do agree.

    • PeytonP_4BoydBence

      I agree. What is not something to mess around with, and we NEED it to survive, it is not just something we drink in our free time like soda, it is what keeps us alive.

    • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree with you. Water is a essential part of human survival, or any living thing’s survival. Everyone needs access to clean and drinkable water. 884 million people do not have access to drinkable water. That is way too many that don’t have access to water. Many people die everyday due to dehydration. Water is a right and always will be a right.

    • ClaireG_4boydbence

      Jack, well said! Withholding water is basically withholding the right to life. If you look at the link attached, you will see that Article 1 states “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” If some people get fresh water, shouldn’t all?
      http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/index.shtml

    • ChristenW_Per4_BoydBence

      I know where you are coming from, but I don’t think the topic is about if people should be able to drink water, I think it’s talking about ALL of the water we use, such as taking long showers, letting the water run, etc…

    • Cole Wierman boydbence

      I agree with your opinion, Jack.
      The statistics of people dying from dirty unclean water is outrageous. But clean filtered water should be available to all human beings. Even if they can’t afford it they should be allowed to get the sources they need to survive.

    • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree it’s a need not something we couldn’t live without

    • Tayla_k_4BoydBence

      I completely agree with you. Some people just waste water on silly things, but there are people dying and they NEED that water. Water is a right and a right that should be available to everyone. The wealthier should start to take this into consideration this way everyone can be able to have clean water and start a life.

    • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

      I agree with you. Water needs to be accessible to everyone. Humans can’t survive without water. It wouldn’t be fair to people who can’t afford to buy water. Making you have to pay for water would be a death wish to them. If our government and nation’s leaders want us to survive then they should keep water free to everyone.

    • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

      You most definitely did answer your own question up there. You are correct all the way. Water needs to be a basic human right. I dont know about anyone else but I don’t wanna pay for a human right.

    • GavinS_Per3_BoydBence

      I agree with you water is a right that everyone should have

    • CallieH_2BoydBence

      True, true. We are about 80% percent water. Our brains are almost completely water. Water is essential to make us healthy and many people don’t have access, or it may just be very contaminated and dirty. Conservation can go a long way, however, testing various methods will help us figure out what works best. First, though, we must get everyone on board with the idea, simply because what works in one place may be different and may not in another due to populous, people themselves, etc etc. So, therefore, we should probably do this before we get desperate, and make sure that all of out work is thorough.

    • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

      I like how forward you are with your answer and the logic that you used to explain it, but I feel that there are some flaws. If it was just you making the laws, then we’d all be equal and life would be great. But there’s the factor of rich vs poor. The wealthy have the upper hand in which they decide our laws and control everything that happens. They might not be very open to the proposal that the poor are getting the same thing without having to work for it. I understand that there is some morality that falls into this as well, (no one wants to see a child die from dehydration) but even though there have been laws made to equal out the water intake around the world, there are still people that can’t access water. Below is a cartoon that I feel accurately represents how the rich often try to take advantage of the poor, making the poor actually pay more in total than what the rich pay. You have an excellent idea, but I’m not sure on how far it’ll go.

    • ChristianH_2boydbence

      You make a good point Jack, as a united nation we have rights like freedom of speech and the right of dignity and equality across all denominations so why cant people as a nation and a united world have the right to life that is water?

    • JacobG_2_BoydBence

      I agree, we need to watch how much water we use because there is limited supply. For those who do not have any access to water, we need to provide a plan of action to help.

    • AlexW_2BoydBence

      Water ain’t free to filter, free to store, free to transport, and it’s not unlimited. We do need to conserve it. But in the United States we have something called a water bill. It’s where we PAY to have water in our houses. I know, sounds weird doesn’t it, and if don’t pay that water bill, the city denies you water. So when people (not you specifically) say water should be a right and it should be free for all, think about this, before you poke at other countries, check your own home first.

    • MichelleS_3_boydbence

      I completely agree. Everyone has a right to water. We need it to survive. We should not have to pay for something that is necessary for us to survive so why should others? Not drinking water can have major health defects on your body. Here is a website that has five major health defects that can happen if somone does not drink enough water: http://drinkingwatersystem.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/5-dangers-of-not-drinking-enough-water/. Sadly, millions of people all over the world go a long time to find clean water and suffer from many health defects. Often times, people in India and Africa must drink contaminated water to survive, but the water sometimes has deadly bacteria. After a long period of not having water, you can die. Here is a website that explains how long your body can go without water: http://www.livescience.com/32320-how-long-can-a-person-survive-without-water.html

    • JasminR_3BoydBence

      I completely agree with you, but I think that water should be a Commodity. Only the people that can afford it should have to pay for it.
      this way the water is still being paid and the people that can’t afford it still have it. “ according to UNICEFF. The amount of water need per people fulfill basic needs 50 – 100 liters of water per day says the world health organization.

    • http://www.hurr-durr.com BBurlison _3boydbence

      I agree with that statement that everyone should be supplied with clean water or was to attain it because everyone needs water to live

  • 18cloc

    Water should be a right as a human. We can’t survive without water. I do think as the water supply goes down we should start paying for water. We won’t have to start paying for water within the next couple years. Our food grows from water and we survive with food and water.

    • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

      I agree that water is a right. However, even if water is “free” we would still pay for it in our taxes.”Between 50 and 100 liters of water per person per day are needed to ensure most basic needs”(found on http://www.un.org/waterforlifedecade/pdf/facts_and_figures_human_right_to_water_eng.pdf ) I think we should pay for it individually based on how much we use as opposed to pretending its free and paying for it in our taxes like we do with education. If we pay for it individually it is more fair for those who use 50 liters a day because they shouldn’t have to pay the same amount as someone who uses 100 liters a day.

    • Jacob_W_Period3

      While we do pay for water we don’t pay for the water itself. We pay for the filtration and transport for clean water. People donate money for water and some people in these countries spend all day getting and filtering water. Water is something that everyone needs and deserves but unless you go get the water from a pond and filter it than you pay for filter and transport of the water.

  • 18tmon

    I think fresh water should be avalible to everyone. But I think the amount should be regulated to stop waste. We need to teach society to take less and only what you need.

    • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

      I agree because sometimes we don’t know how much water we waste. The water we waste could easily help many families, because Women spend around 200 million hours a day collecting water. The average household’s leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year, or the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry. By saving all of this water one household can provide a person with water for a long time.

    • MaryBethD_3BoydBence

      18tmon, I agree that it would help prevent some waste by pricing the water but what happens when you can’t afford the water? You are left with very little resources. You cannot live if you don’t have water. You may survive for a while off of unsanitary or dirty water but there is a high percent chance you will get a disease and furthermore die because surely if you can’t afford water then you can’t afford healthcare or any medicine. http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/index.shtml
      This website talks about the human rights and how everyone should get them.

    • CJ_Bute2boydbence

      I agree with you 18tmon, that fresh water should be available to everyone, but we need to stop wasting the water. This website http://chemistry.about.com/od/waterchemistry/f/How-Much-Of-Your-Body-Is-Water.htm states, “The amount of water in the human body ranges from 50-75%.” Which means half of our body contains fresh water, and without fresh water our bodies would get sick. So why make people suffer more? Just let them have fresh water. Do you really want to see innocent people die, just they didn’t have the right to drink water?

    • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

      I agree, with you….they should not be wasting the water, like you said in your statement. Many people can buy water, and many people can’t there will be no life if there was no water. Many people use there time to collect water to drink, and feed their families.

    • Lukep_3boydbence

      You make a good point here. Fresh water should be available to everybody. “Access to safe water and sanitation services is fundamental for life, for health, for dignity, empowerment and prosperity. Next to the fact that people need water to avoid dehydration, water is fundamental to fulfil many of the most basic human needs”( coming from http://www.righttowater.info/why-the-right-to-water-and-sanitation/) As you can see everybody needs water. The average person needs between 50-100 liters to ensure most basic needs. We also need to make sure none of it goes to waste “Water is essential to life on earth, but only 2.5% of the world’s water is freshwater and the majority of that is locked up in glaciers and ice caps.” ( coming from the article above). If we can get water to everybody and make sure they use it and not waste it then we will be one step closer to fixing this problem.

    • MikeM_3boydbence

      Yes I agree with you on this. People need to learn on how to not waste water and just think its nothing. And yes everyone needs to have fresh clean water. Did you know 3.4 million die every year because of water related diseases. http://water.org/water-crisis/water-facts/water/
      This website talks about fresh and clean water.

    • MarkL_3BoydBence

      I completely agree. It should be available for everyone. However, we should not waste it. Here is a website with 25 ways to conserve water to get started!

      Source: http://eartheasy.com/live_water_saving.htm

    • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

      I
      agree that everyone should have water, but many people don’t have clean water. For
      water to coast money is like making people pay for air. Water is necessary for
      life and without it you would die. I also agree that people should not waste
      water, but to put a price on it is wrong. Go to http://www.wateraid.org/us/the-water-story/the-crisis/statistics?id=annual,G,GGL,GAW&gclid=COHxuqb5qb4CFW4V7AodAFcANA
      It sates that 748 million people in
      the world do not have access to safe water. This is one in ten of the world’s
      population. Water is a right not a privilege.

    • Kyle_C_3boydbence

      I agree with everything you said but we can’t ever put a limit on how much each person gets of water. There is a very vast supply of water on Earth even though 2% of all the water on earth is in a drinkable state that is still thousands of trillions of gallons of water. http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/earth/geophysics/question157.htm The only thing we could do is bring awareness of the water supply we have and tell them tips and ways for them not to waste as much water.

      • 18tmon

        Isn’t that what we do now? There are pleanty of sources out there that can tell you how to conserve water and our increasingly low amount left yet we still waste. If the amount was regulated, it could slow that. We as a society always want more. Everything bigger and better. We need to teach ourselves to only take what you need. It would not be easy, but I think that is a possibility out there.

    • Jacob_W_Period3

      We use a lot of water in our leaky faucets and 60 minute showers and we take it for granted. We keep paying for filtered and transported water and pay for that. Water is a right but we waste it and more and more water gets churned through our faucets and more and more money is used.

    • Luke_A_Period3

      I agree with your philosophy, but I don’t think that what you said about teaching society and regulating use of water would be able to work out. Trying to teach society would be dang near impossible, some will listen, but if the water is free, what incentive do people have to listen to you. And- if we regulate the supply, so you only get a certain amount per month, what happens when a household that is very wasteful hits their limit? Do they simply have their water turned off until the next month, if we used this system their would be riots in the street. If I felt like your proposition was feasible, I would back it 100%, but because I don’t feel like it could be done, I have to agree you with your philosophy, but disagree with your solution.

    • emily_p_2shuttleboydbence

      I agree with you. Everybody needs water to survive. Although, I don’t know how we could regulate water. Some people need more water than others, so we couldn’t say “you can only have this much water each month.” It’s a good idea, but I don’t see how it could be put into action. On this website http://www.righttowater.info/why-the-right-to-water-and-sanitation/ it states that, “Next to the fact that people need water to avoid dehydration, water is fundamental to fulfill many of the most basic human needs” As Is aid before, some of us need more water than others (or take in more water than others) and if we limited their water, then they might become dehydrated.

    • CarlosR_3BoydBence

      I agree with some of what you are saying, but proposing that we should “teach society” to take only what we need is not going to happen. It will be an almost impossible task. As a society we want more and more of everything ad the one thing that we probably use most next to the internet is water! But lets say we can regulate water. We’d be able to give it out to people who can’t afford it. Preventing disease, boosting economy and boosting infant mortality. You can read more about how water does these things at water.org.

    • GianS_Per2_BoydBence

      I agree with everything you have stated. Everyone in the world needs water to live, because it is a daily supplement in our lives. Regulating water is a good idea, but it would be difficult to give people a certain amount of water to use in their daily lives.

    • Tclark-2boydbence

      18tmon,

      I agree, water is a right because you need it to survive. There isn’t a great way to regulate and limit water use, however we can educate people about conserving water as much as possible and why it is important. Water isn’t completely unlimited so we need to be smart about how we get clean water to the people who need it. There are several ways to filter dirty water to drinking water like with Michael Pritchard’s Lifesaver water-purification bottle (http://www.ted.com/talks/michael_pritchard_invents_a_water_filter), and even ways to turn salt water into drinking water. We need to utilize technology like this to efficiently provide water to everyone.

    • Riley_R_1BoydBence

      I agree with you. Clean Water should be a right only to those that can’t afford it. If they can’t afford it, they should be brought fresh, clean water. However, if you can afford clean water, then you should definitely have to pay for it.

    • taylor_w_2nd

      I agree with you and see your point. Great thinking, we just need to remember that water is a right. A right that should not be taken away.

    • MaxP_3boyd_bence

      While you make a good point, it is not the solution. We should rather have governments systematically provide rations to those in need of drinkable water. This will provide a source of water for those in need, the ones without the privileges to provide themselves. This will make water less of a commodity that it is and embrace the path of becoming a right.

    • ChristinePBoydBence_4thPeriod

      I agree with you. But, we need to figure out a way to conserve water while still making it readily available. We can tell people all we want that they should conserve, but we need more actions rather than just “teaching society”.

      • 18tmon

        I agree, but I think teaching our society is the first step.

    • IsabellaV_3boydbence

      I agree with you. If we teach people how much water they’re using, they wouldn’t waste as much water.

    • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

      I agree with you, but we need to find a way so that we can both conserve water and make water be equal to all people in this world. But other than that I totally agree with you.

    • KshitijK_2BoydBence

      18tmon, I agree with the fact water should be available to everyone. Like you said, people need to understand its value and how much people really need water.

    • LawsonZ_3BoydBence

      I completely agree with you. The only thing is I don’t think we can stop people from wasting water. It just doesn’t seem reasonable for someone to say “you can only use x amount of water.”

    • KayleeH_3BoydBence

      That is a very valid point and I completely agree with you. We live in a very greedy society, we take what we want wether we pay for it or steel it. We waste a lot of water that can be saved. Showers every single day are not necessary, you can always go at least every other day. If we only take the water we really need then we would have a lot more water to spread around.

    • DorianM_3boydbence

      I agree water should be available to everyone it’s a right we all deserve..But i don’t agree with regulating everyone water. We pay for water so we shouldn’t be limited. We need to start coming up with a way for people that dont have water to get water without effecting us. It’s a big promblem (More than 2.5x more people lack water than live in the United States)(http://water.org/) but we need to find a way to give water to peopple who dont have it without effecting us

    • ClaireG_4boydbence

      18tmon,
      I agree that water should be available to everyone, not just those who can afford it. I’m completely on board with your first statement, however your second statement is a little tricky. Allowing fresh water to be available to everyone and then limiting how much they can use is nearly impossible. That’s like giving someone unlimited amount of water, but you can only use $100,000 of it. Makes no sense, right?
      The point is, fresh water should be a right, an unlimited right.

    • ChristenW_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree with you entirely. Everyone should have access to as much water as they need, but they don’t need to use an excessive amount. We need to conserve our resources.

    • Cole Wierman boydbence

      I completely agree with you. This is a struggle that is spreading all over the world. Take what you need not what you want.

    • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree, water is necessity but it is in short supply

    • Tayla_k_4BoydBence

      I completely agree with you. Clean water is a right and should be available to everyone world wide. Conserving water is key, this way we can all have access to clean and pure water.

    • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

      I agree with you. Everyone needs water to survive but that still doesn’t mean we shouldn’t conserve it. While everyone should have access to water there should be limits to how much they can use. There is no need to have to pay for the water because that won’t make the amount of water that was lost come back. Everyone needs water to live.

    • Maeve_K_Period2

      I agree. Many people take advantage of their access to clean water. We need to focus on those without it and how to get it to them. Check out this video I made about this topic: http://animoto.com/play/PQy5BCDW001egnKZHnUcdg

    • DuncanS_3BoydBence

      i agree that water should be available to everyone as a right, but there shouldn’t be a limit to how much people can have because people aren’t necessarily wasting it in the first place. People could have a leak in their pipes, or they could have have a lot of family members to hydrate. You might say that if they have a leak in their pipes they need to get it fixed, but they might not be able to afford it. Sometimes there are issues that you aren’t aware of that might cause people to use more water. There could be many reasons people need more water than you realize, the above being a few. Everyone should have the right to safe water because we need it to survive. Millions of people die every year because they lack access to clean sterile water. “Every year, 3.6 million people die from waterborne diseases, which can be avoided.”

    • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree, that’s a big part of the problem. People are wasting it. We could save money and make it cheaper by not having to treat more if we conserve what we have.

    • CallieH_2BoydBence

      Yes, it should be available, however, teaching people to take less won’t work everywhere. In certain places, a gallon is what they have daily and it takes them all day to get it. THen, it’s still dirty and impure. So, first of all, we need a way to make the water safe. Salt water can be distilled, and there’s an invention with a very fishily-meshed filter that can even make sewer water safe that’s easy to manufacture. First, we must explore our options, and make sure we have explored every option, and tested them before a conclusion.

    • GavinS_Per3_BoydBence

      I agree water should be available to everyone.

    • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

      I agree with you, and this is an aspect I didn’t look at before. I understand that the wealthy and people with more access to fresh water are going to have an easier time, but it didn’t occur to me that we should slow down the intake of these people. I think this is a good idea, but I also think it’s going to be hard to get that law in place, especially when it’s the rich that are voting. I think an easier rule to pass would be to stop the waste of water in factories that also has run off, polluting nearby fresh water. Unless the factory is manufacturing food, they should have to use salt or ocean water to accomplish their goal. There are also glaciers that we could tap into and melt for fresh water. There are several solutions that could slow down the process of us running out of fresh water, but I’m uncertain about the inevitable future.

    • DevonD_2boydbence

      I agree with you. Everyone should be able to get water without worrying about paying for it. That everyone should be able to use water no matter poor or rich.

    • MichelleS_3_boydbence

      18tmon, I agree with most of what you said. I do think that water is a right and people should not waste it, but I do not think they should take less than what they actually need. I think they should take what they need and a little extra if this was actually going to follow through. Water is not an unlimited source and people should be more careful on how much they use. In an article it explains a possible solution to turn dirty water into clean and sanitary water. It says, “On the coast in Carlsbad, Calif., construction workers are building what will be the largest seawater desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere. When finished in early 2016, it is expected to provide up to 50 million gallons of fresh drinkable water every day. “That’s enough water for 112,000 households here in the region,” says Peter MacLaggan with Poseidon Resources, the developer of this $1 billion plant. The process, MacLaggan explains, involves taking water from the Pacific Ocean, removing the silt, sand and “organics,” then pressurizing the water through very fine membranes. The technical name is reverse osmosis. And the result? “Every 2 gallons of seawater that goes in, 1 gallon of high-quality drinking water comes out,” he says. And MacLaggan says the best part is it’s drought proof.” This is a great way to have more water and I believe that it would greatly benefit our country and world.

    • ChristianH_2boydbence

      I also agree,but a question asked by me and many others what about those 3rd world countries? People who don’t have water in the first place cant be regulated by the world. Me must first provide the basics before we take the next step towards the future.

    • JacobG_2_BoydBence

      I agree there needs to be a plan so that we are not wasting tons of water everyday. That water could be put to good use and some do not realize that. We need to have a solution.

    • NWeix-1stboydbence

      I think the same, we waste water every day but it’s needed to live, so I think it should be a right. we just need to teach them not to waste it.

    • JasminR_3BoydBence

      I completely agree with you have to available to everyone. Water is the one thing human need to live. I liked how you said “amount should be regulated to stop waste.” In the podcast KQED mentioned that “our historic water sources may be drying up as a growing number of companies, cities and individuals compete for water.”

    • http://www.hurr-durr.com BBurlison _3boydbence

      I agree with you that fresh water should be supplied to everyone

  • 18jcol

    I think that the price of water should be raised because it would help people conserve water and not use to much.

    • Petty_Period2_BoydBence

      1 in 7 people do not have access to clean water. Sometimes thats because they cant pay, or sometimes its because they are in a 3rd world country and don’t have the technology or money to get any. While yes, conserving water is a good concept, we should also take into consideration that water is essential to human life. It makes up over 70% of our body and I am pretty positive that we wouldn’t want dirty contaminated water making up our body, so why make others suffer?

    • madisono-2boydbence

      While, yes, conservation of water is very vital and important, water is necessary for life, and everyone should have access to it. What are those who can’t afford it supposed to do? According to Water.org, even in more developed countries like, the United States, Western Europe, Canada, etc. 10 million people do not have access to safe water; one of the reasons may be inability to afford it. As said in “Jack Cow’s” post on the discussion board,

      “We view free speech as an inalienable right. We’d all flip out if our ability to speak freely was taken away (just look at the outrage over gun control and the 2nd amendment). Yet, as important as free speech is, we can all live without it. Last time I checked, there wasn’t some natural law that said we’d die if we couldn’t speak our minds. Sure, it’s frustrating to not have your ideas heard, but dehydration and death can also be pretty major roadblocks to happiness.” Water is vital for life, and this post give a good idea of how the right to have water is a pretty important one.

      http://water.org/water-crisis/water-facts/water/

    • BellaP_3boydbence

      While it is important to keep water it is also dangerous if we don’t have it. Like I posted previously you can go up to 3 days without water. Some people have zero access to water unless they walk for hours to get the littlest bit of water. Below is a website that shows countries that need water and have very little. http://www.seametrics.com/blog/5-countries-most-threatened-by-water-shortages/

    • Miguel_A_Period2

      We literally have an ocean of water around us. I don’t think it’s the supply we need to worry about. What we do need to worry about is access to those who aren’t so lucky as others in third world countries.

    • IsabellaV_3boydbence

      Raising the price of water is a dangerous idea because even with the price of water now, some people cannot afford it. Raising the price will make it an even bigger struggle to get water. They would just have to continue to drink contaminated water. According to http://water.org/water-crisis/water-facts/water/ 3.4 million people die each year from a water related disease.

    • MadiT_Per3_BoydBence

      Although I do agree that water should be conserved, I disagree that this is how we should go about this. There are 783 million people without water (take a look at this website that might help you with a visual: http://water.org/water-crisis/water-facts/water/) and the highest number is in Africa, although it is nowhere near the biggest. This should show that these people wasting water is not an issue, the issue is GETTING the water. If we were to raise the price of water, than the number of people without it would only go up!

    • DuncanS_3BoydBence

      I disagree. Water should be a right not a commodity. If we treat water as a right then millions of lives can be saved. According to global issues.org “Every year, 3.6 million people die from waterborne diseases, which can be avoided.” It’s not that people aren’t conserving water, it’s that people don’t have access to clean sterile drinking water because they can’t afford it.

  • 18wlam

    I’m in between because if you are living on the street you should get free water, but then if you have a house you should definetly pay for it because you can afford it.

    • Petty_Period2_BoydBence

      Not necessarily. Some people who have a house cant afford food or water because the house payments are so high. Wouldn’t you rather have a house to sleep in instead of sleeping on a park bench or on a street corner? Most people probably would… Having said that; people’s pay checks go into other things, and water isn’t always the first priority. They just think that all water is drinkable witch is not always true. Most water sources are contaminated with different things that make the water very dangerous to drink. If drank, the water will make you very sick and possibly lead to death. We just need to make water free for all, so that people in all classes can feel equal about something, even if it isn’t something major.

    • MaryBethD_3BoydBence

      18wlam, our bodies HAVE to have water to survive. If people can’t get ahold of it then they will die. The problem with raising the prices for water is that you can’t raise it for “only the people who can afford it” because that line isn’t drawn very clearly. The water should be free and available for everyone to use and take. http://www.globalissues.org/news/2014/05/06/18637 This website talks about the protest for human rights and the rights for water.

    • Kyle_C_3boydbence

      There is no in between on this if one person has to pay for it than the other person should pay for it. Wether you live on the street or not it should be the same cost for both. It’s like saying they person down the street has the EXACT same house as me but he pays less money than I do. One other thing we are talking about people around the world that don’t have access to water at all not people who are on the streets.

    • Luke_A_Period3

      I agree with you 100%. Those who can afford water should pay for it- and those can not should not. The problem with making water free is that human nature will work something like this- Why take a 3 min shower when you can take a 10 min shower and it wont cost you anything. I am not saying that we are intentionally wasteful, but just because of our nature- we will waste what is free.

    • Daniel K Period_2 Shuttle

      I completely agree with you. People who are unable to purchase or provide water for themselves should be able to receive water to either gain enough funds for themselves or family to provide water, or to have enough to be able to survive. Simply making all water free would cause some sort of build up in the economy, or simply in the crowd of people paying for water. I feel this could be a very good solution to the rising problem. “About 70 percent of the human body is made up of water”. If this water problem isn’t solves the percentage of a human body without water can drastically lower and can lead to death. If this thought could rise, maybe people who can’t afford water can live.
      http://www.nasa.gov/vision/earth/everydaylife/jamestown-water-fs.html

    • CarlosR_3BoydBence

      You know it isn’t the water we’re paying for, we pay for the transportation, filtering and maintaining of water. If it wasn’t that way then no one would pay a water bill. People in Africa and other countries have access to water, but not clean drinkable water, and that is the basis of the problem. Usable water. There are ways to cheaply filter water and donate water filtration systems to people. For example this mane here http://www.ted.com/talks/michael_pritchard_invents_a_water_filter, invented a hand held filter!

    • Tclark-2boydbence

      18wlam,

      I agree, safe drinking water should be available in public places for free, but if you want the luxury of having water in you own home or to fill up your pool with it should definitely be payed for. However, in some areas of the world there are no safe public water fountains available. This is huge problem as thousands of people are dying everyday due to this lack of safe water. It is vital that we provide a source of water to everyone in need of it. I created a video on this subject to call for action. http://animoto.com/play/Uz6pJCI4WT50pQLe8nDI4A

    • Miguel_A_Period2

      I don’t think it’s about those who can get free water and those who have to pay.
      I feel as though this discussion is more about whether or not water, a basic human need, should be classified as a commodity at all.

    • DuncanS_3BoydBence

      I disagree. A lot of people that have a house can’t afford food or water because of the cost of their house. They would rather live in a house than on the street or in the homeless shelter because it’s a lot safer in a house than on the streets. Water isn’t their first priority when money is involved. They will also assume that if water comes to your house through the pipes that it’s safe, but that’s not always true. Others will assume that any water is safe to drink, which is never true. People that live in a house can’t necessarily afford sterile water. Just look at all the poor people in the poor countries around the world. A lot of them live in houses, but most of them don’t have safe drinking water. Therefore having access to sterile water should be treated as a right, not a commodity. Plus it’s also a lot easier with the new invention the Lifesaver bottle. “Okay. Lifesaver bottle is used by thousands of people around the world. It’ll last for 6,000 liters. And when it’s expired, using failsafe technology, the system will shut off, protecting the user.” It is easy safe and completely affordable.

    • brittneyd_3boydbence

      I disagree. Water is necessary for life. It is a human right. Clean drinking water should be provided for everyone for free. But i understand that water used for things like pools should cost money. I would also like to point out that just because someone has a house, doesn’t mean they can afford anything.

    • MadiT_Per3_BoydBence

      I understand that this would make sense if people were willing to do so, but unfortunately, that isn’t how it could work. I think that it would be better for everyone to get it for free instead of limiting it for the privileged. You can’t take away a person’s right to live.

    • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

      If you think that water is important for the poor and a necessity to live then it would be the exact same for anyone else. If someone needs water it shouldn’t matter the amount of money the have if they truly need water they should be able to. Poor people aren’t the only ones that have problems like this. For example, other people drink dirty water. According to UN.org, “884 million people in the world do not have access to safe drinking-water”

      http://www.un.org/waterforlifedecade/pdf/facts_and_figures_human_right_to_water_eng.pdf

    • Jacob M period3

      When you look at the severity of things you see that in the US is sheltered really from the question. A lot of these countries have vary little info structure so they cant even provide water much less clean water.

  • Pinya Colada

    Water is a necessity for human beings. We can’t live without water, so I think water should be a commodity, although it should be regulated. There is only 1% of fresh water on this planet for us to drink, so if water is given to everyone for free, it should also be limited so it isn’t wasted.

    • Lukep_3boydbence

      Water is one of the major things everybody needs in order to live. It should be a right and not a commodity. In 2010 the UN declared access to clean water a Human right. (Source:http://www.un.org/waterforlifedecade/pdf/facts_and_figures_human_right_to_water_eng.pdf) I do agree with you that there is little water to go around,”Water is essential to life on earth, but only 2.5% of the world’s water is freshwater and the majority of that is locked up in glaciers and ice caps.” ( came from the article above) but the least we can do is make sure that everybody has some.

    • CJ_Bute2boydbence

      I agree with you Pinya Colada, that water should be a right. This website http://water.org states,”10 million people do not have access to fresh water” By making water availability to only people who can afford it, you are making millions people’s lives suffer. Do really want to be the reason why 10 MILLION PEOPLE DIED?

    • MarkL_3BoydBence

      I completely agree. Not only do some people not have access to water, but other people don’t have access to clean water. In fact, according to UN.org, 884 million people in the world do not have access safe drinking-water”.

      Source: http://www.un.org/waterforlifedecade/pdf/facts_and_figures_human_right_to_water_eng.pdf

    • Kyle_C_3boydbence

      I agree with you but there is actually 2% of water on earth that is drinkable but 1.6 percent of the planet’s water is locked up in the polar ice caps and glaciers (which is not drinkable yet). And the other 0.4 precent is in underground well and in lakes and rivers. http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/earth/geophysics/question157.htm Also limiting what each person gets doesn’t limit the amount of water that is being wasted because no matter how hard you try there will still be water wasted.

    • Luke_A_Period3

      I agree, water should be a commodity, because if it is not then people will waste all of the water that they are given. Its not because they are wasteful people it is just human nature. Why would you take a 3 min shower when you can take a 10 min one at no extra cost to you? If water is something that is given out for free to everyone, we will run out of water, really fast.

    • David_N_2

      I couldn’t agree more. Clean, drinkable, and usable water isn’t exactly common on this planet, therefore use of it should be regulated. I, personally, believe that receiving water from the sink or the shower is something that should be a commodity, but drinking water shouldn’t. Our system right now is very good with some minor flaws. We have freely available drinking water from fountains and such, and we have to pay bills for the water of our showers and sinks. If water was made free available, the people would waste it. This paragraph from the link I’ve posted shows how people waste water even as a commodity: “While residents in the U.S. are disagreeing over water usage for landscape purposes, many throughout the world are dying of thirst, thus, putting forth the question, do communities need to reevaluate their water use? Grass, and green luscious landscapes that are found in more moderate climates are not natural to southern Florida, so is it moral for residents to obtain a landscape, requiring a large use of water, that isn’t even native to an area?” Water is a living right, but it should be treated and regulated as a commodity.

      http://blog.acton.org/archives/24497-water-a-right-or-a-commodity.html

    • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

      I agree because according to http://www.greenlifestylechanges.com/take-5-minute-showers/ taking a 10 minute shower could use around 80 gallons of water. Just cut your showers in half and you save 40 gallons. That 40 gallons could provide a ton of water to people in Africa who don’t get fresh water. Humans waste a lot of water and sometimes we don’t even realize it. Like for example when you turn on the water in the shower it takes some time to heat up. Instead of wasting it we could collect it and use it for something important. In conclusion water should be freely available to people but with constraints.

    • brittneyd_3boydbence

      I completely agree. Clean water is necessary for life, but it should most defiantly be monitored. The article linked below, from Huffington Post, puts into perspective just how much water is wasted in the U.S., and how we do it. For example, 95% of water that enter american homes goes down the drain.

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/07/30/10-facts-about-wasted-wat_n_115642.html

    • Tosterhout_period2_boyd_bence

      I agree with you. Clean water is necessary for life, but it should most defiantly be monitored. people waste water all the time like brushing teeth and some people don’t have water to drink it should be monitored

    • Trent_H_Period3 Boyd?/Bence?

      I completely agree with you, we should always have access to water no matter what. We shouldn’t have to pay to be able to use it.

    • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree, but if people are wasting it they should have to pay. People should have an allotted amount of water they get for free and after that they pay.

    • Jacob M period3

      I agree with you, When you look at the severity of things you see that in the US is sheltered really from the question. A lot of these countries have vary little info structure so they cant even provide water much less clean water.

    • DevonD_2boydbence

      I disagree water is a necessity for all human beings. But, we shouldn’t be denied something that we use all the time. I feel that water is and should be right that we all have. We shouldn’t have to worry about if we are to poor to pay for it. Everyone needs it. Middle class and the rich shouldn’t be the only ones to have the water. It’s an everyday need for people all around the world. There are people across the world that don’t even have fresh water and some no water at all we can’t let people think that there never going to get water.

  • L4LJR4JE4N

    Those who don’t have water will die, it is definitely a commodity. However, if someone gets their water shut off because they didn’t pay their bills they can easily have their right to personal showers or convenient tap water taken away. Those with no money need access to drinking water but there are enough public drinking fountains for those who don’t have enough water to go around. Many options exist to get water because it is such a necessity and people should work to find the opportunities in order to get water because, even with a necessity, an effort is needed in order to fairly attain.

    • Alice_B_4boydbence

      There aren’t an abundance of public water fountains in places like Somalia and Haiti, otherwise people wouldn’t be dying from water contamination.

    • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

      I agree, there are many public water fountains that people can drink from when they are thirsty or did not bring money, it is a necessity.

    • Daniel K Period_2 Shuttle

      I don’t agree. If there were enough “public water” instruments to help, why is there still people around the world dying to get just one sip. Globally, “750 million people live without clean drinking water”, which includes Africa. Not only Africa, but some places just don’t have these water devices such as we do. Also, a commodity is something that we pay for, not a right.

      http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/water/interesting-water-facts/

    • David_N_2

      That’s a very good point. Water has been made more accessible because of these, but there are other countries in which people also need this water. People in these countries may have access to water, but that water may be undrinkable due to contamination. Progress has been made to make water drinkable and obtainable (The link I’ve posted gives an outline on how to make dirty water drinkable). Now that you’ve mentioned it, I think that the real issue is not whether water should be a commodity or not, but how can we make water accessible. In the link I’ve posted you can see how the person describes a method that can make water both obtainable and drinkable. Water is a basic human right and methods of obtaining should be distributed globally.
      http://www.ted.com/talks/michael_pritchard_invents_a_water_filter#t-533437

    • Miguel_A_Period2

      Can you just imagine how horrible life would be if your only source of water was located in the local park? People shouldn’t have to struggle to survive. Water is a basic human right.

    • HunterE_Per 2_BoydBence

      I can see where you’re coming from. Yes, there are water fountains and such around communities, but not everywhere has these such things. So if water were to become a commodity, the people in those areas would literally be cut off of water in general. This is neither fair or humanly right, so I do not think making water a commodity is a good idea.

    • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

      Keep in mind that its not just the fact that these people don’t have water its also that the water is unsafe to drink. More people are dying from unsanitary water then in a war. This is obviously extreme and we need to also focus on cleaning the water.

    • JohannaS_BoydBence2

      I understand what you mean. However there are tons of places in the world that don’t have access to water fountains or any other form of clean water. Dirty water is the leading cause of death with over 1.5 million lives claimed each year. Here is a link to more information on why I believe water is a right, http://thetideofbattle.blogspot.com/2011/03/dirt-water-is-leading-cause-of-death-in.html Water is essential to life, and to make water a commodity would be making life a commodity as well.

    • MikeM_3boydbence

      I understand where your coming from. I think there should be more outdoor water fountains because homeless people should be able to access clean water where ever and whenever.

    • MaxP_3boyd_bence

      I completely agree with you, while water should be a right, it’s currently a commodity. Although many women around the world spend their entire day fetching water for their family, it is still not safe to consume. They should not just simply work harder, but yet have support from their government. The government with their resources will be able to supply safe drinking water or devices like Michael Pritchard describes in the link below, should be provided. This way we can start making water a right, instead of the commodity that it is.

      http://www.ted.com/talks/michael_pritchard_invents_a_water_filter

    • Tosterhout_period2_boyd_bence

      I agree with you that money should be a reason to not be able to have water and that a good idea even if you can have water for a shower you still need water to drink

    • alexm_3boydbence

      I agree, if someone hasn’t paid their water bill we shouldn’t just give them free water, but it’s a neccesity to the people who can’t afford to even drink it. We need to drink water because it flushes out toxins and keeps us alive. They will die without it.

    • RaagP_4BoydBence

      But think about the kids in Africa, they don’t have public parks and water fountains that they can conveniently go to. I also agree with the statement that taking away water is basically taking away our basic rights.

    • ErinB_2boydbence

      I agree with you, but there are places in the world that don’t have public drinking fountains. Some people have to find water, and that water can be dangerous to drink. We need to focus on people who can not access water and who can not access safe water

  • FresnoRaisin97

    This is a very binding question. In any other situation, I would say, “go ahead, make the resource more expensive so that we conserve”, but this is different. We are talking about an essential part of human survival. Of course I think it should be a right, the same way living is, but the question goes farther than that. The fact is that water is in tight supply and we don’t necessarily have an unlimited supply of fresh water (without a steep cost). Of course, we probably will not “run out” of water in the very near future, but it’s still something to keep on our minds. If water is a limited resource then we have to treat it accordingly. The issue of wealth brought up in the second paragraph is interesting. Maybe wealthy people don’t worry about this that much because they can afford any tax placed on water. Also, if water runs low in the future, guess who is going to be able to buy out the last of it. The “wealthy” mentioned in the second paragraph seem to have an unfair (and obvious) advantage if we decide to take away people’s right to water. I think that right now all people can try to do is conserve water, but that effort is really struggling, especially in urban areas. I don’t think that this issue isn’t being solved because people don’t care (double negative… sorry), but I think that it hasn’t become enough of a threat yet. People in areas where water just comes out of a magic spout don’t really treat the problem as “fully present”. To most urban residents (myself included) water is something that just comes standard. While I think we are all thankful for the availability of water in our area, we don’t recognize that we are among the lucky ones. Water, in addition to keeping humans alive on its own, also is important for agriculture. That’s where the real problem is hitting: rural areas. That’s where we have to recognize that this is a real problem and that we are, in fact, in a drought. That is what we need to use to motivate us, but the problem is, we can’t live it. We cannot experience it first hand, so to us it’s still just a far off fable. To answer the main question, the right to water cannot be taken away. That’s like taking away the right to live, but water has to be conserved. The big problem is getting people to do that and that’s where I am stuck. I think what we really need is some sort of sentimental connection to this drought to motivate us to save what needs to be saved.

    • Alice_B_4boydbence

      I agree with you! Water is a right, that, unfortunately, we have turned into something you have to buy. Up to a certain point, I believe it might be possible for tax dollars to go to purifying and distributing water for “free”, since $643 billion goes to defense spending when all of the other top twenty militaries in the world are our allies, save Russia, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (http://www.cbpp.org/cms/?fa=view&id=1258). Once that threshold is exceeded, it could be up to the individual to pay for the rest of their water. In less developed or emerging countries, clean water becomes exceedingly difficult to find, which is my primary concern. It’s true that not enough people care about infringing on a person’s right to water as opposed to someone’s right to an education, but before worrying about that, we have to ensure a person isn’t about to die from dehydration or from a lack of clean water for bathing and going to the bathroom.

    • emily_p_2shuttleboydbence

      I completely agree with you, if you take away water, it is taking away life. Water is something that all humans need in order to survive. In this article http://www.righttowater.info/why-the-right-to-water-and-sanitation/ it talks about all the ways that humans use water. “Access to safe water and sanitation services is fundamental for life, for health, for dignity, empowerment and prosperity.” Water should be a right. We all need it. As people, we do know ways to conserve water, we have been taught since we were little kids, but we never do anything to actually conserve the water. I am stuck with you, I don’t know how we can express the importance of water to everybody and do it well enough so that they take action.

    • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

      You are correct. 100% correct. We need water and it can’t be bought. As stated by this website http://www.righttowater.info/why-the-right-to-water-and-sanitation/ water is a right. A right that should not be taken away.

    • Riley_R_1BoydBence

      I completely agree with you. Clean Water should be a right to the people that can’t it. Take Africa as an example. They have plenty of water supplies, but they all produce dirty water that is unsafe to drink. A bunch of adults and kids die every year due to water related diseases. However, if you can afford clean water, you should definitely have to pay to be able to drink it.

    • HunterE_Per 2_BoydBence

      If the resource being discussed were anything other than water, I would agree with this article as well. I understand and agree with what you’re saying. Water is different, and is something we need to survive. If we were to make it more difficult for people to get, that would be inhuman and completely unfair.

      • SpencerH_4

        i agree it is very inhuman and unfair if they do not have water infront of them that they cant have. they should be able to have it whenever they want!

    • taylor_w_2nd

      Fresno,
      I agree that water is a right. It is a necessity.

    • JohannaS_BoydBence2

      Fresno,
      I agree that water does seem more readily available to those who are wealthy. However, that in place, we can’t ignore the less fortunate. Depriving someone of water is almost a bad as depriving them from air – you can’t live without it. I don’t think though, that water is going to “run out.” Water just cycles endlessly and it’s just a matter of where the water is currently being held. We can help keep water around us by not overwatering our lawns or that sort of thing, but I think our main focus needs to be on the 1.5 million people who die annually from contaminated water. And for all of these reasons here and that you said, water needs to be a right, but people need to be mindful of how they use it.

    • ChristinePBoydBence_4thPeriod

      I agree with you. It’s important to have water. It is an important necessity. We need to figure out a way to conserve water while still making it readily available. More information is in the link below. It describes WHY we need to have this be a right and not commodity.
      http://www.righttowater.info/why-the-right-to-water-and-sanitation

    • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

      I agree with you and we absolutely need water to survive. But why make it a decision whether it should be a right or commodity? It was a gift to us and nobody owns the water or nobody should own it.

    • LawsonZ_3BoydBence

      I completely agree with you. You make a good point when you say that if we need water to live and living is a right then water should be a right. The only thing that I don’t completely agree on is when you say that it is also needed for the agriculture. I do understand that water is needed for the plants, but life finds a way. This is true for all places the plants are suited for their environment. But other then that I completely agree.

    • KshitijK_2BoydBence

      FresnoRaisin97, i agree with you, water is essential to human survival and it should be a right. I have come from where we had a limited supply of water, we had to use enough for everyone before it ran out and not use so much. People can not own water, it makes lives for others miserable.

    • KayleeH_3BoydBence

      Water is extremely important to human survival, it’s a deciding factor to life or death. Without it we will cease to exist. I would agree with you that we probably won’t run out of water anytime soon but we still need to conserve it. Fresh water can be hard to access or to make by filtering, but it still needs to be accessible by everyone so that they can survive, its their human right to have water available to them.

    • DorianM_3boydbence

      I agree with you water needs to be able. Water is right and should be available to everyone. Water shouldn’t be a privilege that only some people can have “”One in eight people lacks access to enough clean water to meet their basic needs.” We need to put this to an end.(http://www.actionagainsthunger.org/impact/water-sanitation-hygiene?gclid=CI7O45jRsL4CFePm7AodrxIAbQ)

    • PeytonP_4BoydBence

      I completely agree. Though water can be seen as a limited supply, we still need it to survive. It is a right we should have.

    • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree, even though water is limited we shouldn’t keep it away from people. It is a essential part of survival. You’re right, once water becomes limited the wealthy are going to buy every last drop, and no one is going to have any. It will always be a right not a privilege.

    • ClaireG_4boydbence

      I completely agree with you. As you mentioned, water is on a tight supply, however we are not going to be running out anytime soon. In the KQED article, they brought up how ice caps and glaciers contain water that we can use after we clean it. Water is a right, not a commodity. Financial status should not prohibit an individual from having water.

    • ChristianH_2boydbence

      I agree with you, but I am taking the point of the world without water in the beginning.”We are deeply disappointed to find the reference to the human right to water and sanitation has been removed from the Working Document” “This confirms a broader concern by civil society organisations that human rights have been marginalized within the SDG framework.” — Meera Karunananthan We need to make progress in conservation after we allow people who cant even drink clean water to drink from the water.

    • Tosterhout_period2_boyd_bence

      I agree with you that it should be a right and that we don’t need unlimited supply of water but everyone need water so ever should have the right to water

    • alexm_3boydbence

      You make such an excellent point. It’s true we don’t have an unlimited amount of water and if we did we wouldn’t have this problem. Water would be much more cheaper, or even free. We need to find a way to help give some to the people who can’t afford without running out.

    • Cole Wierman boydbence

      I agree with you that we should all have the right to access water no matter where we are from, and no matter what standards the people are in.

    • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree, every one needs water, but it isn’t in mass supply.

    • Tayla_k_4BoydBence

      I agree with you,
      Water is a right and everyone has the right to have access to drinkable and clean water. Instead of waisting water on unnecessary things, we can give the people who hardly have water a right to live.

    • SpencerH_4

      i agree we do need to make it more accessible to them because what do we deseverese that they don’t. they are just as human as we are and they should get everything we get

    • RaagP_4BoydBence

      That is a very well thought out answer, and I completely agree with you. Us humans need motivation, sadly, to get us up and moving to do things. With out it we would be nothing.

    • Trent_H_Period3 Boyd?/Bence?

      I completely agree, we should have a reason to conserve. That is a very smart idea to do for humanity.

    • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree, it’s a very difficult situation. I think there should be compromise. I think water should be free up to a certain point. After using the certain allotted amount you get for free you should start paying a fee per every x gallons you use.

    • Maeve_K_Period2

      I agree. The biggest problem is distribution and motivation. The UN says, “Between 50 and 100 liters of water per person per day are needed to ensure most basic needs.” If a simple solution, such as filtering water bottles, were mass produced and distributed around the world, so many people would be healthier.

    • DevonD_2boydbence

      i agree with you that we should have water as a right to all people even if they can’t all pay for it. Water is a key to our life we use it everyday. So why would we make it something we should pay for. You shouldn’t pay for something that we use everyday .

    • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

      Everything that you said here I agree with. I also believe that the higher classes of people will run the future world of water. I also believe that everyone deserves the water because it’s essential to survival. There are some solutions to this, though. The Lifesaver Bottle and the Lifestraw are both reliable examples of fail proof filters. A link to a video demonstration in a Ted talk is attached below. This still leaves the problem of hundreds of years into the future when all we have left is factory and human waste, but one step at a time.
      Ted talk video: http://www.ted.com/talks/michael_pritchard_invents_a_water_filter#t-405408

    • MichelleS_3_boydbence

      I agree. Everyone deserves water because you need it to survive. We need to conserve our water and try to not be wasteful of it because there is not a unlimited supply. There are some small steps that you can do to preserve water such as turning off the water in the shower when you are not using it, turning off the sink when you are scrubbing your hands, turning your sprinkler system on at night so it has more time to soak into the ground and not get evaporated by the sun. Here is a link to a website that gives you 100 ways you can save water! http://wateruseitwisely.com/100-ways-to-conserve/

    • Jacob M period3

      I agree, When you look at the severity of things you see that in the US is sheltered really from the question. A lot of these countries have vary little info structure so they cant even provide water much less clean water.

    • JacobG_2_BoydBence

      I agree with you, everyone needs water but we only have so much of it so we need to come up with a plan so that everyone can get enough to survive.

    • AlexW_2BoydBence

      Answered that like a true politician, sir! You managed to answer the question up to the standards of an american man while not taking a side and almost avoiding the entire question. I do agree with saving drinkable water before it’s all gone. You say that taking away water is the equivalent to taking away life, and I agree with that. I basically agree with you entirely. One thing you forgot to mention though is that water is not free to filter, store, and transport. But that’s paid for water under the bridge.

    • ErinB_2boydbence

      I agree with you! Water is a resource that everyone needs in order to live. And it will take a while for water to completely run out. Some people in this work don’t even have access to water, so we should focus on them first.

    • NWeix-1stboydbence

      We actually do have a near infinate amount of water, and remember salt water CAN be converted to fresh water. Thus I feel it should be a right.

    • http://www.hurr-durr.com BBurlison _3boydbence

      I agree with you everyone needs water to live and we should not be holding it back

  • Celeste McBride

    I believe that water is absolutely a right. However, I don’t believe that ridiculous amounts of water should be encouraged. I believe that water should be rationed, we need to husband our resources more effectively, however tying access to water to access to money is not a viable solution to our issues with water.

    • Lukep_3boydbence

      I agree with you on this. Water is a right and yes it shouldn’t be use in huge quantities. A person needs between 50 and 100 liters of water per day in order to ensure most basic needs. (http://www.un.org/waterforlifedecade/pdf/facts_and_figures_human_right_to_water_eng.pdfV) Trying to restrict water in order to get money is not a good solution to this like you said. However if everybody gets access to water then we will be one step closer to fixing this.

    • madisono-2boydbence

      I agree that water should be a right. We should not be charged for water, which is essential for life. What about those who can not afford it, what are they supposed to do. Yes, we have a limited source of water, let alone clean, drinkable, healthy water; and because of this, we must conserve and ration our supply. Just because water would be a right, doesn’t mean you can carelessly use it and potentially waste it. If water were to be a right, one thing we would need to do is to learn and be educated about how to conserve and save water. There are many resources you can use to learn about these ways, for instance, http://wateruseitwisely.com/100-ways-to-conserve/. This resource provides you with more than 100 ways to start conserving water. If the majority of the population were to start saving little by little, the issue concerning water conservation wouldn’t be as dire.

    • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

      I agree that water is right. However nothing “free” really exists in this world, especially something like water that takes money to clean. We will either pay for it individually, which in my opinion is most fair, or we will pay for it through taxes. Either way water will always cost money, “Between 50 and 100 liters of water per person per day are needed to ensure most basic needs”(found on http://www.un.org/waterforlifedecade/pdf/facts_and_figures_human_right_to_water_eng.pdf ) It would be unfair if the person using 50 liters a day was charged the same amount as someone using 100 liters a day. We need to be mindful that it won’t ever really be free, and once we understand that then we need to make sure we charge for it fairly.

    • Alice_B_4boydbence

      Water is a absolutely a right, and conservation of water should be encouraged when it comes to things like showering, washing dishes and laundry, and so on. However, conserving drinking water is a bad idea. A video from Buzzfeed says that hikers have died on the trail with water still left in their canteens from trying to “conserve” it. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLSeApmBwuY)

    • CJ_Bute2boydbence

      I agree with you Celeste McBride, that water should be a right not a privilege. This website http://www.un.org/en/documents… states, “All men and women have equal rights. Everyone has the right to life. No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel.” This quote shows that everyone has the right to have fresh water, because if they don’t they will die or get very sick. It also shows that no one should be tortured, which means you are making people suffer more be letting them drink dirty water.

    • MaryBethD_3BoydBence

      Celeste, I completely agree that water is a right. People shouldn’t have to pay for something that they cannot live or function without. Clean water is a privilege and although people waste it, we shouldn’t put a price on it because then the rich could still afford to get the water and still waste it while the people who can’t afford it will be hopeless. What’s crazy is that 1/7 people don’t get clean and purified water. You may not think that’s a lot because you are probably 1 of the 6/7 that do, but being without means that you may not be able to cook, use a toilet, hydrate yourself, etc. http://www.npr.org/2014/02/26/281984555/the-search-for-drinking-water-in-california-has-led-to-the-oceanhttp://www.npr.org/2014/02/26/281984555/the-search-for-drinking-water-in-california-has-led-to-the-ocean
      talks about California’s search for water and how they are struggling to find purified water but it has led them to ocean water!

    • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

      I agree with you. If we put a price on water than the rich people that can afford
      it can still waste it, but the poor people will die because water would be a privilege. Life is a right, so water should be a right too. If we put a price on water, than that is like taking away someone’s life.

    • BellaP_3boydbence

      I agree with you, we cannot say that water is a privilege it is a right. There are 1.1 billion people on this planet that do not have access to water. Also only 1% of water is drinkable in this world. My suggestion we be to get more filters so we can filter the non-drinkable water.
      https://www.dosomething.org/project/the-thirst-project-clean-water-impoverished-communities

    • Daniel K Period_2 Shuttle

      I completely agree with you. People should have access to things that they NEED. Water is a necessity to be able to sustain life. “A person can only survive three to 5 days without water”. This is obviously telling us something. Taking water away is simply killing people out there who barely have food, and taking away another resource that they desperately need is just in humane.

      http://www.thewaterpage.com/live-without-water.htm

    • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

      I agree, because people should have access to water or should be able to create it like by using the life saver water bottle. The life saver water bottle has filtration holes as small as 15nm which filters about everything. By providing safe drinking water we also reduce the amount of diseases spread, because once a person is affected a mosquito can help transfer the illness to other places.

      Life saver bottle: http://www.ted.com/talks/michael_pritchard_invents_a_water_filter/transcript#t-191656

    • Jacob_W_Period3

      Your right that water is a right but we need to be precious with life. If water is life than life is precious and can be polluted. However if water is free than we will waste it because we as a society take things for granted. We pay for filtration and transportation of water and not water itself. Water is a necessity but we can’t just use it freely as we wish if we want to maintain it.

    • MarkL_3BoydBence

      I completely agree. Water should be a right. As we all know, “Access to safe water and sanitation services is fundamental for life, for health, for dignity, empowerment and prosperity.”

      Source: http://www.righttowater.info/why-the-right-to-water-and-sanitation/

    • David_N_2

      I can see what you are saying, but do realize that if something is given free to a person, then they’re bound to waste it. I believe that was should be treated as a commodity to keep from people wasting. Of course, water should be priced reasonably so that those of lower income may also gain access. As the description says about people with water meters: “They pay a flat rate for all the water they use…and use more water than those with meters.” I believe that the price of water should be based on how much you used and your income.

    • HunterE_Per 2_BoydBence

      I agree that water should be a right. Everyone is entitled to water, and making it a commodity can make it harder for people to get it. I don’t think that’s fair.

    • JohannaS_BoydBence2

      Celeste,
      I agree with you. Water needs to be freely available to everyone, but with that comes along informing people of the importance of water. We wouldn’t have over usage problems if people understood how important it is to their daily lives.

    • IsabellaV_3boydbence

      Celeste,
      I agree with you that water is a right. Everyone should be able to have drinking water. I also agree that people should realize how much water they use. We all need to be aware of how much we’re using our water, so we don’t waste it.

    • brittneyd_3boydbence

      Celeste,

      I agree with you. I think water is a human right. I think in order to ‘rationalize’ water, we should just be providing clean water for drinking and oral hygiene to everyone, and have clean bathing water considered more of a luxury, since most people waste water when bathing.

      The resource I have linked below has a lot of facts about water usage, particularily when bathing. For example, the average shower head uses 5 gallons of water per minute, which is a lot of water being wasted.

      http://www.conservewater.utah.gov/IndoorUse/Bathroom/

    • PeytonP_4BoydBence

      I agree with you that water is a right, but people should use smaller amounts. Not taking long showers, and running the sink for more than you need to would also help.

    • MikeM_3boydbence

      I think that water should be given to everyone and they should be able to access clean water easily. I also think that people should not take as long showers and not have the water running while brushing your teeth.

    • DorianM_3boydbence

      Celeste I argee with you water is a right. Thats exactly what i think water should be rationed, so we can save some because water is important to are survival (the human body is 75 % water)(http://wildvistasadventures.com/articles/The-Importance-of-Water-and-How-to-Find-It.html)

    • MadiT_Per3_BoydBence

      I completely agree. I think that water is something that every single human being needs to have to survive, so it should be a right. I also agree that a better solution than charging people would be to regulate it. The only problem here is who is going to regulate it, and would it be the same for every single country. This would need to be a meeting of nations, but I feel as though some countries would not want to participate and follow these rules. Some countries may have a place that they are in control of that has a fresh water resource, and they are making money off of their citizens by charging them for it, so why would they want to forfeit that? All that being said, I do agree with you. Water is a right.

    • MaxP_3boyd_bence

      You make great points, and many should be emphasized. Although, currently water is not a right. As much as we want it to, and believe it is, it is only a commodity. But, many are taking action to make clean, safe, drinkable water a right. A way that governments can support the movement is by delivering rations to villages in need of water. So currently water is a privilege, when it should be a right.

    • alexm_3boydbence

      Exactly, people need water to survive there should always be some to those who cant afford it. Just because they can’t affford it doesnt mean they should die.

    • ChristenW_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree with you. People should get as much water as they need to drink, but all of the excessive amounts of water being wasted should be regulated. After all the average american uses 100 gallons of water a day, when we only need to drink about half a gallon.

    • RaagP_4BoydBence

      I have a question, can you further explain the term “husband our water”? And money buys everything, sadly!

    • Trent_H_Period3 Boyd?/Bence?

      Very true, it is a right but we should be more careful with it.

    • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

      I agree with you. Water needs to be available to everyone while still being conservative with it. When something is needed to survive it shouldn’t be have restrictions to it.

    • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

      Yes. We cant use up all of our resources at once but paying for them is not the way to go. At least not for something that humans need to survive.

    • GavinS_Per3_BoydBence

      I agree water is a right that everyone should have and yes we do need to control the amount we use

    • CallieH_2BoydBence

      While it does take money to purify it the way the US does, and Britain, and any other developed country, you are right, its not feasible in places like Africa where women spend 8 hours a day just to collect a gallon of the stuff that’s dirty and riddled with parasites, dirt and other stuff I won’t say because that water is seriously nasty on a lot of cases. (Quite a bit of the cost of water is the fact that they have to run stuff somehow) So first of all, before we cut out all costs and stuff here we should probably get some stuff over thee, and then experiment to see what might work here. Conserving water is a first priority, but also remember that we can make slat water drinkable if we need to

    • AlexW_2BoydBence

      I agree, water should be rationed.

    • JasminR_3BoydBence

      I agree water should be rationed,but in the podcast they mentioned that “our historic water sources may be drying up as a growing number of companies, cities and individuals compete for water.” But water shouldn’t go higher in price to make people conserve. According to the KQED podcast “some people say that putting a higher price on water would give people an incentive to conserve.”

  • Petty_Period2_BoydBence

    The three most important things to human life are: Food, Shelter and Water. So why on earth do we think its okay to put a limit on who can access these things? While yes, by putting a charge on these things we will help conserve, and yes it might help some businesses thrive… But at the same time it is killing those who aren’t able to pay for these essential things. They are instead drinking water that is toxin-ridden and that had diseases that will kill them, all because we are being selfish and putting a price on what should be a human right. 1 in 7 people don’t have access to clean, drinkable water. While that may not sound to bad to us, think about how awful it must be that 1 person. They suffer, and are unable to get a resource that they shouldn’t have trouble getting. Its just sad on our part that we aren’t able to open our hearts to them, and open our eyes to how wrong it all is.

  • CJ_Bute2boydbence

    I think the it is right not privilege to have water. Because there are people out there with none or little or dirty water like in Africa. http://www.thewaterpage.com/live-without-water.htm states,”A person can survive only three to five days without water, in some cases people have survive for average of one week.” In the article it states that,”Water is essential to life on earth, but only 2.5% of the water is freshwater and the majority of that is locked up in glaciers and ice caps.” Which means that most of the world has dirty water. Just like in this website http://water.org/water-crisis/water-facts/water/ it states, “More than 3.4 million people die each year from water, sanitation, and hygiene-related causes.” The info graphic below shows how many people are dying from dirty water or no water. Water should be a right, without water you couldn’t survive. Everyone needs water. Especially the kids, teens, and adults in Africa who are already suffering from so many diseases, why make them suffer more?

  • Lukep_3boydbence

    Everybody should be able to have access to clean water and yes it should be a right. Water is one thing that we all need in order to live”Access to safe water and sanitation services is fundamental for life, for health, for dignity, empowerment and prosperity. Next to the fact that people need water to avoid dehydration, water is fundamental to fulfil many of the most basic human needs; such as for the preparation of food, for personal hygiene, menstrual hygiene and to wash hands before eating or after using the toilet. Clean drinking water, and safe sanitation are intrinsic to the fulfilment of the right to health, to an adequate standard of living, the right to adequate housing, the right to education, and to the fulfilment of many other rights.” If water were a commodity than most of us would be without water. Nobody should be able to dictate the use of water, cause if they did nobody would get any. “The human right to water entitles everyone to sufficient, safe, acceptable, physically accessible and affordable water for personal and domestic use.”

    source:http://www.righttowater.info/why-the-right-to-water-and-sanitation/

  • Alice_B_4boydbence

    Before worrying about various forms of oppression, we must first ensure the health and safety of everyone on the planet. If a person doesn’t have access to clean water both for drinking and sanitation, then they cannot function or have a decent quality of life, which is a right belonging to everyone, according to the UN (http://www.un.org/waterforlifedecade/pdf/facts_and_figures_human_right_to_water_eng.pdf). However, despite declaring access to clean water a human right, the UN overlooked it when discussing their post 2015 agenda (http://www.globalissues.org/news/2014/05/06/18637). This TEDTalk by Michael Pritchard demonstrates how easy it would be to purify water, showing a viable solution to this devastating and ever-growing problem. http://www.ted.com/talks/michael_pritchard_invents_a_water_filter#t-166355

  • madisono-2boydbence

    While water conservation is very important, water is a vital and essential to life. As said by http://www.righttowater.info, “Access to safe water and sanitation services is fundamental for life, for health, for dignity, empowerment and prosperity. Next to the fact that people need water to avoid dehydration, water is fundamental to fulfil many of the most basic human needs…” Since water is vital for all of these things, we all deserve and have the right to have water. But having water as a right brings up the issue of conservation.
    Most everything you talk about, whether it be food, energy, money, resources in general, etc., the issue of conservation is brought up. To be able to ensure that the specific resource or product will last and be useful for longer, you must conserve and use it wisely, the same goes with water. Lets say water is a right, this doesn’t mean you can use and waste as much as you want, you have to be cautious and conserve your water supply; this still applies today.
    Many people around the world, may not be able to afford or acquire water and even less, clean water. There are many organizations that are working towards providing clean water for everyone. For example, Water.org, This organization is providing clean sources of water for those in Africa and South Asia. There are many ways to get involved with organizations like these. you can help support the organization by going out and actually helping, providing funds, or advertising; two of which we did in my Global Issues class.
    As a project, our class was to write slam poems about specific issues going on across the world, and then find a charity that helps support them; with the final product being the “Slamming for a Cause” event, where we performed our poems and one organization was chosen, and all the proceeds would benefit them. Me and my friend, Taylor, wrote a poem about poor water sources in South Asia, which lead us to the organization, Water.org, where we found out the every 21 seconds a child dies due to a water related disease. In the end, Taylor and my organization was chosen; a few weeks late, we saw the impact of our event when we received a letter telling us about where our efforts and funding went and what a difference they made. It was great to see all that we could do, even as students, you can truly make a difference.
    So many lives are lost to this cause everyday. And if these people had the right and access to clean water, that wouldn’t be the case. In conclusion, water should be a right, we just need to be educated on how to conserve and use it right, so that, we can all have the supply we need.

    Here is the link to learn more about Water.org: http://water.org/

    Here is the link to the poem: https://docs.google.com/a/newtech.coppellisd.com/document/d/1-h0CFXKf9gjs48BU65mbIo5ZDiC1g64oBi2XWR3vkj0/edit

  • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

    I think fresh water is a right and so do many other people. “In 2010 the UN declared access to clean water and sanitation a Human Right”(found on http://www.un.org/waterforlifedecade/pdf/facts_and_figures_human_right_to_water_eng.pdf) I also know education is a right, and despite how they say it is “free”, it really isn’t. We do pay for elementary and fundamental schools through our taxes. Fresh water should be available to everyone but we should pay for it individually. If we did make water “free” the problem would be that we would pay for it in taxes, and it wouldn’t be based on how much water we use, which is unfair to the people that use less. I wish it could actually be free for everyone, but that is not reality. Water is a right that will end up costing you money unless you can figure out how to naturally get it free for yourself, which I don’t know how to do but if you can figure out how to do that legally then go for it. But as this remains a major problem I think organizations should continue to help people who can’t afford water, because it is truly sad that some people have to drink dirty water just to stay alive, which can actually end up killing them.

  • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

    An average body contains %60 water. Every system in your body depends on water. For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues. Water is so important to us so we all should have it readily available to us. About 780 million people around the world lack fresh water, and every 21 seconds, a child dies from a water-related illnesses. If everybody got water freely without constraints many lives would be saved, so in conclusion water should be available to everyone.

    Source: http://water.org/water-crisis/water-facts/water/

    http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/water/art-20044256

    http://water.usgs.gov/edu/propertyyou.html

  • nathanl_period4_boydandbence

    Clean water is something that we really take for granted here in the United States, and we don’t really know what it’s like to not have clean, filtered water more than a few minutes away. For some people in less fortunate countries, they have to walk for sometimes an hour just to get muddy, unfiltered water that could vary possibly have anything from bacteria to parasites like tape worms. Water should be a base human right, not something that is just for those lucky enough to be born in a rich country with clean water just a few feet away at the fridge. While there are multiple organizations working to help these people get clean water, such as water.org, they do not have the funding or support to make a big difference for these people.

  • MaryBethD_3BoydBence

    Fresh water is a right and it should be available to everyone. Your body requires water to live and everyone should have the right to live, therefore everyone should have the right to clean water. http://water.org talks about how many people are affected by the unsanitary water and how mothers and families have to walk miles every day just to get water. Many of them get diseases from the water and die. Although putting a price on water will help conserve it, the people who can’t afford it will be left hopeless. We shouldn’t be putting a price on what should be a human right.

  • ESigler-2boydbence

    Of course fresh water should be a right for everyone to have. Water is a resource needed by our bodies. Why should we even question whether some people get it or not?

    We, as humans in today’s society, seem to think that there needs to be people over others at all times, and that there needs to be someone better than you. Are we really to the point where we are questioning whether certain people have the right to fresh water?

    Sure, we shouldn’t all just waste it, but we all deserve the right to have enough water to have the option to do that. Dirty, or non fresh water brings diseases, and sometimes death. Diseases/side effect like parasites, vomiting, nausea, cramps, and diarrhea.

    You can read more on the side effect here:

    http://www.halton.ca/cms/One.aspx?pageId=15092

  • alexm_3boydbence

    Of Course, water should be available to everybody. Water is essential for humans and I am blessed that I can have some whenever I need. It’s so important that we can live more days without food, then if we lived off of no water. Water.org states, “More than 3.4 million people die each year from water, sanitation, and hygiene-related causes. Nearly all deaths, 99 percent, occur in the developing world.” Therefore fresh water should be provided to everyone so we can help save lives.

  • EmilyA_Per3_boydBence

    Fresh water could help prevent diseases and overall health. If everyone had fresh water there would be a higher life expectancy throughout any areas without clean water to drink. However we cant just solve the problem, we need to make more filters, perhaps places to filter dirty water into cleaner, more safe water.
    I think we should regulate the use of our fresh water and make more filters for those who do not have easy access to clean water, perhaps shipping out clean water could be a start fr regulating the use.

  • MikeM_3boydbence

    I think Fresh clean water should be available to everyone. Everyone needs water because its good for you. But if you have dirty water thats also very bad for you because it could have a lot of bacteria in it. Also water can keep you hydrated. As an example if your homeless and dehydrated you might have a chance of dieing.

  • BellaP_3boydbence

    Yes, we should have the right to fresh water because water is not something that we as humans can go without. The fact that people cannot get water in certain areas is mind blowing. 780 million people live without clean drinking water, this does not only mean they can’t drink water but they can’t sanitize without water. Now without sanitation it is a lot easier to develop a sickness and it just keeps going. We should get more water filters like it said in the TED talk or do something to prevent people from literally dying of thirst. Fresh water is a right everyone should have. http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/water/interesting-water-facts/

  • MadelynR_3boydbence

    Water is a necessity that we consume on a daily basis and
    everyone should have availability to water no matter where they are in the
    world. Just because someone can’t afford it doesn’t mean that we should take it
    away. The article is stating that we should be saving water. “Some say that
    putting a higher price on water would give people an incentive to conserve. Not
    only would they save water, they’d save money, too. But others say that this
    would give the wealthy an advantage, and that the only solution is to treat
    water as a universal right, free and available to everyone regardless of
    ability to pay”. This is implying that we would be saving more money if we raised the pricing on water because it “would give people an incentive to conserve”. Water is something that we need, and shouldn’t be taken away from us. It’s something we all need in our lives and we should have the right to keep that.

  • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

    The
    right to life, liberty and happiness can’t happen without clean water. Everyone
    deserves the right to live, so why would you take that away from someone that
    dose not have the privilege to pay for water. Every day 4,000 children die from
    unclean water. And 780 million people don’t have access to clean water. That is
    1 in every 7 people in the world. Since
    water is necessary for life, it should not be a privilege. Water should be a
    right for everyone. For more information go to http://water.org/water-crisis/water-facts/water/. Also watch this video for a visual aid http://animoto.com/play/VNo0Y1JNfr2nqRzxaTA7Ow.

  • Kyle_C_3boydbence

    Should we consider water as a commodity, available only to those who can pay for it, or as a right, freely available to everyone to use (and to waste)? Why?

    Water is something that we think about but not in the way that I am so blessed to have it but in the way of oh its just water everyone has it. The thing is not everyone even has access to water in fact ONE in SIX people have don’t have any access in water according to http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20110513STO19335/html/One-in-six-people-have-no-access-to-clean-water. Why does that ONE person in those SIX people not get water or even access to it. There is one thing that human beings need to survive and that one thing is WATER. It should be a right that every person should have the right to have access to clean fresh water.

  • Guest

    Water is something that we think about but not in the way that I am so blessed to have it but in the way of oh its just water everyone has it. The thing is not everyone even has access to water in fact ONE in SIX people have don’t have any access in water according to http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20110513STO19335/html/One-in-six-people-have-no-access-to-clean-water. Why does that ONE person in those SIX people not get water or even access to it. There is one thing that human beings need to survive and that one thing is WATER. It should be a right that every person should have the right to have access to clean fresh water. Water is something that helps regulate vital things in that human body. So all in all every person no matter who you are you should have access to water.

  • Kyle_C_3boydbence

    Water is something that we think about but not in the way that I am so blessed to have it but in the way of oh its just water everyone has it. The thing is not everyone even has access to water in fact ONE in SIX people have don’t have any access in water according to http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20110513STO19335/html/One-in-six-people-have-no-access-to-clean-water. Why does that ONE person in those SIX people not get water or even access to it. There is one thing that human beings need to survive and that one thing is WATER. It should be a right that every person should have the right to have access to clean fresh water. Water is something that helps regulate vital things in that human body. So all in all every person no matter who you are you should have access to water. http://adventure.howstuffworks.com/survival/wilderness/live-without-food-and-water2.htm

  • Guest

    Clean drinking water should be available to everyone. But, I think people should have to pay for water that they are going to waste- large amounts of bathing water, pool water, etc.

    Water.org contains a lot of information about water need around the world. For example, every 21 seconds, a child will die from a water born disease.

    Unicef also has a page explaining all the water born diseases- including Diarrhoea, Arsenicosis, Cholera, Fluorosis, Guinea worm disease, HIV/AIDS, Intestinal worms, Malaria, Schistosomiasis, Trachoma, and Typhoid.

    http://www.unicef.org/wash/index_wes_related.html

  • brittneyd_3boydbence

    Clean drinking water should be available to everyone. But, I think people should have to pay for water that they are going to waste- large amounts of bathing water, pool water, etc. Drinking water is a necessity for things like cooking, drinking, and oral hygiene.

    Water.org contains a lot of information about water need around the world. For example, every 21 seconds, a child will die from a water born disease.

    Unicef also has a page explaining all the water born diseases- including Diarrhoea, Arsenicosis, Cholera, Fluorosis, Guinea worm disease, HIV/AIDS, Intestinal worms, Malaria, Schistosomiasis, Trachoma, and Typhoid.

    http://www.unicef.org/wash/index_wes_related.html

  • Riley_R_1BoydBence

    I think that water should be made a right because we need water to survive. Not everyone can afford fresh clean water. According to http://www.righttowater.info/why-the-right-to-water-and-sanitation/, “Access to safe water and sanitation services is fundamental for life, for health, for dignity, empowerment and prosperity. Next to the fact that people need water to avoid dehydration, water is fundamental to fulfill many of the most basic human needs; such as for the preparation of food, for personal hygiene, menstrual hygiene and to wash hands before eating or after using the toilet.”

  • Daniel K Period_2 Shuttle

    I STRONGLY think that water should be something that is just part of a right, and everyone can receive it. I went around asking people about their opinion about this topic and a lot of them said that some people will waste the water and put to a bad use. Yes, maybe some people will use it in a wrong way, but in Africa and places where water is something that is like the treasure of the world, will not. Water is something that everyone human being will need to survive. It may not seem so harsh to us because we can get it whenever we want, but to them, it is like life. Some families spend up to almost 3 hours just trying to get a bucket full of water. In that amount time for us, we would have no problem, there are 345 million who do not have access to clean water, while the U.S. only has about 10million. That evidently shows that water needs to be available to everyone so that this number will not increase. There are already projects that are made to give fresh water to people in Africa, but personally that IS NOT enough!

    http://water.org/water-crisis/water-facts/water/

  • Jacob_W_Period3

    Water is a right to all. However with people transporting and filtering water it is a commodity. Filtered water out of your faucet cost money for transportation and filtration services. Mean while woman in Kenya and less developed countries spend their whole day finding water to drink and making it safe to drink. Water is something that everyone needs and is necessary to have but It can’t be free to transport it and filter it. Water is a right but getting it out of your faucet and fridge is a commodity. Many charities like water.org donate money to give fresh filtered water to people in many emerging countries. The normal cost of filtering 1000 gallons of water is 2-3 dollars because of boiling and not the rock fields. My grandfather owns a ranch and no rain has touched it in months and it comes to mind how conservative we are. Water used to be in wells and people fought over it and no we leave faucets on and take 25-60 minute showers. Thats 100s-1000s of gallons used in a house or apartment in one day. Water is a right but unless you go to the local pond, collect water in a bucket and boil it than you use the transport and filtration systems which cost money and making it a commodity. Collecting your own water is a right that could actually work better. Water is a free right but not the machines that filter and move the water.

  • Luke_A_Period3

    While I recognize that all humans need water to survive, I also recognize that water needs to be preserved, so we will have clean water for a long time. I fear that if we make water free, it will in fact be wasted. And as we have to filter more and more water, it will begin to cost more and more to filter. Then as we start to use up all the water in our lakes, it begins to cost even more to filter. And finally, the question must be asked, who is paying to have all the water filtered. It is not fair for to make people pay taxes to have the government provide free water for everyone, when some will use more than others. I found this info-graphic on wasting water very interesting, and I while believe that all should have access to water, water will be wasted if their is no repercussions for using to much.

  • MichaelF_2boydbence

    I think that everyone should be able to use water freely as they choose. I think water should be a human right. “In 2010 the U.N. declared access to clean water and sanitation a human right.”- http://www.un.org. In this article it states that clean water is a human right. A guy named Michael Pritchard invented a device that turns dirty water into clean water. If people could get those then there would be a decrease in the amount of illnesses and deaths by contaminated water.

  • David_N_2

    Water is a necessity for any living creature to continue on living, therefore making water a natural right. With only 2.5% of the earth’s water being drinkable, and about 1% actually being accessible, we really can’t afford for water to become a right in which everyone has access to it free of charge. We tend to waste more of something if it is something we can receive for free. With things like water, even currently as a commodity, we will waste it such as leaving the water on, taking unnecessarily long showers or baths, or just playing with it. Just as the recording says, people will understand the value and worth of water if they have to pay for it. People will understand that water is truly a valuable thing if they can lose it. That is why every house, excluding certain others, should have a water meter to keep track of how much water a single household uses, but as the description of the recording says: “…more 250,000 homeowners and businesses don’t have meters installed.” in which they should. The “price” a household must pay for water right now is typically based on how much you use. This is a very good method, but I leaves those who are poor potentially without water. Water is payed based on how much you used, but I think that those of lower income should have their water payed based on their household income. Concluding, I believe that is a right, but should be treated as flexible commodity based on how much is used and a households income for those with less income.

    • KayleeH_3BoydBence

      We do waste a water with people, like my family, taking at least one shower a day or fulling up swimming pools. We need to stop wasting so much water but to tax it and limit it on people is uncalled for, it is needed to survive. Everyone in the world, including the poor, need to be able to access water so that they can survive. When we have droughts they ask you to not use so much water on your lawn, maybe they can ask you to use less water on things that don’t involve drinking it.

    • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree. Water will always be right, and people are wasting people water everyday by filling swimming pools and washing cars. 1 out of 7 people do not have access to safe drinking water. This is not okay. Water is a key part of survival, if we take that away, then so many people will die because of dehydration.

    • SpencerH_4

      people are wasting people water everyday by filling swimming pools and washing cars. 1 out of 7 people do not have access to safe drinking water. This is not okay. then so many people will die because of dehydration. we need to help them have there water sources

    • Maeve_K_Period2

      You make a good point that only 2.5% of earth’s water is drinkable. That means that the rest requires filtering to be safe. So many people all over the world cannot do this and suffer because of it. If we change that, many people would be healthier and happier.

    • NWeix-1stboydbence

      This is true, however it should be a pure right seeing as the rest can be converted with home-made materials if you know how. Just look it up.

  • CarlosR_3BoydBence

    Water is a renewable resource that can be evaporated and collected from all sorts of places. So I think that water should be a right for everyone to have access to it. Our bodies are mostly water and we need water to sustain ourselves. According to Nestle, (http://www.nestle-waters.com/healthy-hydration/water-fonctions-in-human-body) water is important at the molecular level carrying nutrients to cells and it is also at the systemic level lubricating joints and maintaining temperature. So since it keeps people alive and well I think everyone should be able to have clean water no matter the financial status of the people.

  • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

    Unric.org says Access to safe water should no longer be seen as a service, but as a human right. States and organizations should work towards using economic resources and technology to provide safe, clean, accessible and affordable water particularly in the developing countries. I couldn’t agree more. Also According to the UN World Water Development Report, by 2050, at least one in four people is likely to live in a country affected by chronic or recurring shortages of freshwater. This is something we should really look into because some of us don’t really realize just how privileged we are and how many people really can’t help not being able to have safe clean water.I mean I know of many public places here in texas were if you were to just say you need water they will just give you some for free.

    sources:http://www.unric.org/en/water/27360-making-water-a-human-right

  • Tclark-2boydbence

    Water is necessary to survive, however 1 in 5 people don’t have a clean source. Water is also a right that should not have to be payed for. As said by Kofi Annan,”Access to safe water is a fundamental human need and therefore a basic human right.” (http://www.righttowater.info/) Water is not a exclusive privilege given only to the ones who can afford it. Of course we have to take into account that it is not a completely unlimited resource. This presents the challenge of how we distribute and provide water across the globe . A solution to this might be turning salt water into safe drinking water with methods like desalination. However this requires some equipment. Governments need to provide either access to clean drinking water to everyone or the equipment and knowledge needed to the citizens to create their own drinking water

  • emily_p_2shuttleboydbence

    Life is the first of the human rights. Without water, there is no life. This website (http://www.righttowater.info/why-the-right-to-water-and-sanitation/) is all about why water should be a right. It says, “Access to safe water and sanitation services is fundamental for life, for health, for dignity, empowerment and prosperity.” We need water. Although, we are in a drought, so we need to conserve water. I am stuck on this part because I just can not think of a way how. It would be wrong of us to say “you can only have this amount of water each day or so,” but what other way is there. We have all been taught ways to save water, but (including myself) most all of us don’t do a thing. We need to somehow find a way to get the message out to everybody that water is important, and we will lose it if we don’t conserve it.

  • MarkL_3BoydBence

    Water is an essential necessity for life on earth. This is why it should be available for everyone free of charge. Unfortunately, this is not the case at the moment. According to Water.org, “780 million people lack access to an improved water source”. This statistic is more upsetting when considering that these aren’t the only people affected by lack of clean water. A big number of people don’t have access to clean water. This can be just as dangerous as not having access to water and can cause diseases. Water.org also states that “More than 3.4 million people die each year from water, sanitation, and hygiene-related causes”.

    Source: http://water.org/water-crisis/water-facts/water/

  • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

    Water is a basic human right. Nothing anybody ever says or does will change this. It boggles my mind as to how people think that you can put a price on something so precious and valuable to human life. Water is necessary for cells and it helps flush out your kidneys so that you won’t get kidney stones. Onto a more economical standpoint, the world is run by the wealthy. These very wealthy people can’t get enough of their precious money and just because they have the right to put a price on things doesn’t mean that they have to. I can understand why some things in this world have to be bought. Things like food, clothes, and a roof over our heads, but that being said under no circumstances should water have to be bought. “Access to safe water and sanitation services is fundamental for life, for health, for dignity, empowerment and prosperity. Next to the fact that people need water to avoid dehydration, water is fundamental to fulfil many of the most basic human needs; such as for the preparation of food, for personal hygiene, menstrual hygiene and to wash hands before eating or after using the toilet. Clean drinking water, and safe sanitation are intrinsic to the fulfilment of the right to health, to an adequate standard of living, the right to adequate housing, the right to education, and to the fulfilment of many other rights. Sanitation is furthermore intrinsic to human dignity. Without a toilet, people lack privacy while defecating in the open, or in plastic bags; women often have to wait till dusk to find a place to defecate in privacy.” This entire paragraph states it well.

    http://www.righttowater.info/why-the-right-to-water-and-sanitation/

  • Guest

    What exactly are human rights? Are human rights the thing which every human being is entitled to regardless of past, present, future, race, gender, or culture? Well, yes. But that isn’t the point. The point is that water being a commodity should never be a phrase ever heard. Water is a resource which all human beings need to survive. Access to a necessity is not something that should be allowed for those with change in their pockets.
    We all need it to survive, and therefore we must make an movement to provide water for areas that have little to none. According to the WHO/Unicef Joint Monitoring Programme, 884 million people do not have access to safe drinking water. That number is a shocking estimation and a horrible one.
    Nearly a billion people are unable to obtain a necessity so we have to do something about it. Some unlikely communities, like the Dogecoin community, have already built
    2 drilling wells in the harsh conditions of Kenya.

    If a cryptocurrency based on a meme can provide water for poor communities,
    we can too.

  • Guest

    What exactly are human rights? Are human rights the thing which every human being is entitled to regardless of past, present, future, race, gender, or culture? Well, yes. But that isn’t the point. The point is that water being a commodity should never be a phrase ever heard. Water is a resource which all human beings need to survive. Access to a necessity is not something that should be allowed for those with change in their pockets.
    We all need it to survive, and therefore we must make an movement to provide water for areas that have little to none. According to the WHO/Unicef Joint Monitoring Programme, 884 million people do not have access to safe drinking water. That number is a shocking estimation and a horrible one.
    Nearly a billion people are unable to obtain a necessity so we have to do something about it. Some unlikely communities, like the Dogecoin community, have already built
    2 drilling wells in the harsh conditions of Kenya.

    If a cryptocurrency based on a meme can provide water for poor communities,
    we can too.

    Let’s make a change.

  • Miguel_A_Period2

    What exactly are human rights? Are human rights the thing which every human being is entitled to regardless of past, present, future, race, gender, or culture? Well, yes. But that isn’t the point. The point is that water being a commodity should never be a phrase ever heard. Water is a resource which all human beings need to survive. Access to a necessity is not something that should be allowed for those with change in their pockets.
    We all need it to survive, and therefore we must make an movement to provide water for areas that have little to none. According to the WHO/Unicef Joint Monitoring Programme, 884 million people do not have access to safe drinking water. That number is a shocking estimation and a horrible one.
    Nearly a billion people are unable to obtain a necessity so we have to do something about it. Some unlikely communities, like the Dogecoin community, have already built
    2 drilling wells in the harsh conditions of Kenya.

    If a cryptocurrency based on a meme can provide water for poor communities,
    we can too.

    Water is a right, not a luxury.

  • HunterE_Per 2_BoydBence

    I understand why this question is being addressed, but it’s a ridiculous question. “Should we consider water as a commodity or as a right?” Water is obviously a right. I understand that people waste water, and we can’t have that happening. But, either way, everyone is entitled to having water to live. 884 million people in the world do not have safe drinking water, and you’re suggesting we make water a commodity?
    And, to be honest, we can never actually “waste water”. We have the same amount of water on Earth now as we did back when Earth was made. Water is always there, it just moves. A lot. So saying water should be a commodity because “people waste water” isn’t exactly a correct statement.
    My answer is no. Water should not be a commodity. Water is and should stay a human right.

  • LawsonZ_3BoydBence

    This is a huge problem. The idea of this happening
    is insane to a lot of people but it is true. A lot of people are ignorant to
    this. The fact is that here in America’s use more water on a daily shower then
    most Africans see in a week. It’s hard to think that for something like this
    people try to find ways to explain why helping is not need. The idea of
    something that someone needs not being a “human right.” We can’t stop people from wasting water but we
    can inform them of the problem. All people should know that 2.6 billion people
    have lack of clean water and the lack to retrieve water for everybody. http://animoto.com/play/KQsaz36p62fqGKaHKny0aA

    My information came from

    http://www.un.org/waterforlifedecade/pdf/facts_and_figures_human_right_to_water_eng.pdf

  • taylor_w_2nd

    I believe that access to clean water should be a right. Water is essential for survival in every human being, it is one of the few things we truly absolutely NEED to live. As a notable resource, right to water.info, says “Access to safe water and sanitation services is fundamental for life, for health, for dignity, empowerment and prosperity. Next to the fact that people need water to avoid dehydration, water is fundamental to fulfil many of the most basic human needs; such as for the preparation of food, for personal hygiene, menstrual hygiene and to wash hands before eating or after using the toilet. Clean drinking water, and safe sanitation are intrinsic to the fulfilment of the right to health, to an adequate standard of living, the right to adequate housing, the right to education, and to the fulfilment of many other rights.”. It also states that”The human right to water entitles everyone to sufficient, safe, acceptable, physically accessible and affordable water for personal and domestic use.”.

  • JohannaS_BoydBence2

    1 in 6 people on earth don’t have access to clean water. About 2.5 million people live without basic sanitation, and 1.5 million people die annually from contaminated water. Water is essential to living. You can live 3 days without water, though some have gone without for 8-10 days. Water is essential to life because according to LiveScience.com, “Water flows through the blood, carrying oxygen and nutrients to cells and flushing wastes out of our bodies. It cushions our joints and soft tissues. Without water as a routine part of our intake, we cannot digest or absorb food.” This is why water should be a right. Water is never wasted, water only cycles endlessly from one form to the next and one place to another. Clean water needs to be freely available for humans to function. Clean water needs to be provided for every single living person on this earth. Since water enables life, and everyone has the right to live, water is a right. You wouldn’t deprive someone of air, or make that a commodity, so why should water be treated any different?

  • IsabellaV_3boydbence

    Water is obviously a right that everyone should have, but unfortunately do not. Everyone should be able to use it for free. We need water to survive. We use water for pretty much everything we do. It’s used to drink, cook, and clean ourselves or other things. According to http://water.org/water-crisis/water-facts/water/ 780 million people do not have access to drinking water, which is approximately one in nine people. Not having access to clean water, or drinking dirty contaminated water can lead to serious illness and death.

  • MaxP_3boyd_bence

    Water is the most important thing when it comes to survival. It is the number priority for good reason, a human can only last 3 days without water, but a human can survive over 10 days without food. In a survival situation you would only want to drink clean fresh water. If you drink saltwater, stagnant water or even urine, you will lose more water than the amount of liquid you drank. And in many poor villages around the globe, it’s a survival situation. Water is a commodity; it is available to those who are only fortunate enough to be able to obtain it. According to water.org 780 million people lack access to clean water. They do everything in their power to obtain clean, drinkable water each day. Yet 3.4 million people die every year from lack of water and water related disease. Water should be a right, but unfortunately it’s a privilege.

  • ChristinePBoydBence_4thPeriod

    People waste water a lot in wealthier areas in the world. I know I waste it. But that doesn’t mean it should be with-held. Clean water is very important. It regulates body temperature, lowers blood pressure, removes waste and more. Life is a gift, but without clean water, that gift returns. This video explains more in detail why we need water, and what we can do to solve this crisis of some people not having enough clean water https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCHhwxvQqxg We should have governments give out water in rations so it isn’t wasted and everybody has a very basic necessity of life. After all, we are all made up of at least 70% water.

  • Guest

    I agree with you. It’s important to have water. It is an important necessity. We need to figure out a way to conserve water while still making it readily available. More information is in the link below. It describes WHY we need to have this be a right and not commodity.
    http://www.righttowater.info/why-the-right-to-water-and-sanitation/

  • Guest

    You people out there say that water should be free, but you say that while you seal that envelope that you’re going to send to city hall tomorrow PAYING FOR YOUR WATER. It’s like being at being at a resturant and you pay for your food, but the guy next to you, his food is free. So are we only going to make water free in third world countries? Gee, that sounds fair. Back to the resturant example, if I go into a resturant, order food, get food, and then just leave what happens to me? I get arrested, that’s what happens. Why? I didn’t pay the bill. Wait, I need food, and what I need should be free, so why should I pay for food? Well, you might say that the food goes through processes that cost money to do. What I’ll say is that drinkable water is… cheaper. Wait. Hold on. Cheaper. Hmm…? Yep folks, water is not free to process. You have to clean it, store it, and transport it! And that ain’t free, folks! The cost of filters, pipes, etc. And matinence of the involved items are not free. “An average size home plumbing installation, done with copper, can cost anywhere from $131 to $532 depending on location and number of water outlets.” My point is, WATER AIN’T FREE PEOPLE!

    Sources:

    http://www.redbeacon.com/hg/pipe-installation-cost/#ixzz31rKJnLgR

    http://www.water-towers.com/wtrscosts.html

  • Guest

    You people out there say that water should be free, but you say that while you seal that envelope that you’re going to send to city hall tomorrow PAYING FOR YOUR WATER. It’s like being at being at a restaurant and you pay for your food, but the guy next to you, his food is free. So are we only going to make water free in third world countries? Gee, that sounds fair. Back to the restaurant example, if I go into a restaurant, order food, get food, and then just leave what happens to me? I get arrested, that’s what happens. Why? I didn’t pay the bill. Wait, I need food, and what I need should be free, so why should I pay for food? Well, you might say that the food goes through processes that cost money to do. What I’ll say is that drinkable water is… cheaper. Wait. Hold on. Cheaper. Hmm…? Yep folks, water is not free to process. You have to clean it, store it, and transport it! And that ain’t free, folks! The cost of filters, pipes, etc. And maintenance of the involved items are not free. “An average size home plumbing installation, done with copper, can cost anywhere from $131 to $532 depending on location and number of water outlets.” My point is, WATER AIN’T FREE PEOPLE!

    Sources:

    http://www.redbeacon.com/hg/pipe-installation-cost/#ixzz31rKJnLgR

    http://www.water-towers.com/wtrscosts.html

  • AlexW_2BoydBence

    You people out there say that water should be free, but you say that while you seal that envelope that you’re going to send to city hall tomorrow PAYING FOR YOUR WATER. It’s like being at a restaurant and you pay for your food, but the guy next to you, his food is free. So are we only going to make water free in third world countries? Gee, that sounds fair. Back to the restaurant example, if I go into a restaurant, order food, get food, and then just leave what happens to me? I get arrested, that’s what happens. Why? I didn’t pay the bill. Wait, I need food, and what I need should be free, so why should I pay for food? Well, you might say that the food goes through processes that cost money to do. What I’ll say is that drinkable water is… cheaper. Wait. Hold on. Cheaper. Hmm…? Yep folks, water is not free to process. You have to clean it, store it, and transport it! And that ain’t free, folks! The cost of filters, pipes, etc. And maintenance of the involved items are not free. “An average size home plumbing installation, done with copper, can cost anywhere from $131 to $532 depending on location and number of water outlets.” My point is, WATER AIN’T FREE PEOPLE!

    Sources:

    http://www.redbeacon.com/hg/pipe-installation-cost/#ixzz31rKJnLgR

    http://www.water-towers.com/wtrscosts.html

  • DuncanS_3BoydBence

    To have water should be a right not a commodity. People can’t live without clean safe freshwater drinking water. If they didn’t have any water then the Universal Declaration of Human Rights wouldn’t make a difference to those people at all. People can’t live without water, and if only one person has the water they have all the power. Even though water shortage is a problem, it’s still a right to have access to clean sterile drinking water. Treating water as a commodity wouldn’t help solve the water problem at all. It would only make it worse. Look at all the homeless people in America, and the people of the poor countries around the world. They wouldn’t be able to get any sterile drinking water at all if it was considered a commodity. Millions of people would still be dying and getting sick if we don’t treat it as a right. If we treated it as a commodity, as a result then even more people would get sick and die. Also getting fresh sterile drinking water is a lot easier with the invention of the Lifesaver bottle. The lifesaver bottle filters down to fifteen nanometers, smaller than any hand filter before. “Before Lifesaver, the best hand filters were only capable of filtering down to about 200 nanometers. The smallest bacteria is about 200 nanometers. So a 200-nanometer bacteria is going to get through a 200-nanometer hole. The smallest virus, on the other hand, is about 25 nanometers. So that’s definitely going to get through those 200 nanometer holes. Lifesaver pores are 15 nanometers. So nothing is getting through.” It will keep all those billions of people from getting sick and possibly dying each year. With twenty billion dollars everyone in the world can have access to clean safe drinking water, eight billion alone being enough to reach this millennium goal of the number of people without access to safe water. “So with just eight billion dollars, we can hit the millennium goal’s target of halving the number of people without access to safe drinking water. To put that into context, The U.K. government spends about 12 billion pounds a year on foreign aid. But why stop there? With 20 billion dollars, everyone can have access to safe drinking water. So the three-and-a-half billion people that suffer every year as a result, and the two million kids that die every year, will live. Thank you.” Here’s the link to the Lifesaver bottle website if you want to know more. http://www.ted.com/talks/michael_pritchard_invents_a_water_filter/transcript#t-506000

  • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

    You know what what can go to anybody. Nobody owns the water so why make it a decision whether it should be a commodity or a right. Well I think that’s crap. Like I said Nobody owns the water, it was given to us as a gift and we need to treat it as a gift. Without water we would parish. A fun fact for you, did you know that you can survive off of water alone for about 52 to about 74 days. http://biology.stackexchange.com/questions/8279/how-long-human-can-survive-with-just-drinking-water-everyday
    Now that being said there are some people that don’t have much food and only have water. That water can have anything in it, from bad bacteria to other disgusting things. So why make water a decision of life or death, Commodity or a right?

  • DorianM_3boydbence

    Water
    is something that we take for granted we don’t think about how much we are
    blessed to have easy access to water. Having water we have the privilege
    to go to the restroom take a bath drink it swim in. We don’t mean to but we don’t
    understand the joy of water. The only people who don’t take water for granted
    is the people who don’t have water. “in fact ONE in SIX people have don’t have
    any access to water
    (http://www.actionagainsthunger.org/impact/water-sanitation-hygiene?gclid=CI7O45jRsL4CFePm7AodrxIAbQ)
    We need to put an end to this there shouldn’t be an excuse that people dont
    have water we need water to live it should be a right (“We will be talking to member
    states to demand that they champion a human rights-based approach to the SDGs,)
    (http://www.globalissues.org/news/2014/05/06/18637)
    Talking to
    state wont get the problem fixed fast but talking about this subject
    and bringing attention to it will help a lot so peopple can find ways to help give human’s there basic rights

  • KayleeH_3BoydBence

    Water is very important to life. We use water to bath, to cook, to play in, but most importantly we use water to survive; we drink it. Water is very scarce considering it is very important to human survival. I am very lucky and drink lots of water daily but other people around the world do not have that luxury, they need just as much water I need and they are not getting it, because of poverty. If you are rich or poor, living in a beach house or on the street, a CEO or unemployed you should be able to access water. ” Our historic water sources may be drying up as a growing number of companies, cities and individuals compete for water.” (paragraph one, sentence two). Our world is growing with sky-risers and new business daily, competing for water to fuel them, What water is needed by people is being sucked up by business and that isn’t fair to the people.

  • KshitijK_2BoydBence

    Water is one of the things we were given as a privilege when we started out life, and today, it is probably the most important thing to our survival and people are not allowed it. Water is a necessity. One person should not own water. People need to be taught the value of water. Where I grew up, we had 3 hours to use water and we had a limited amount to use in that 3 hours. So we had to use water diligently. I am not saying we should do that, but we should definitely try to teach people to conserve and use water and let it be a right to every whether they are rich or poor.

  • PeytonP_4BoydBence

    As a human we are born with certain rights. Rights like being able to bear arms, or freedom of speech, but we don’t have the right to have clean, fresh water? Water, a necessity to life, is asked to be paid for, but why? If we all need it then why should we be expected to pay? Being able to have clean, fresh water should be a right, NOT a commodity. It is essential to a lll our lives, and we should not be asked to pay 1.50 for it.

  • ClaireG_4boydbence

    When I read the question posed, I thought to myself “Water is essential to live life. Without water how are we supposed to survive? Making water a commodity, not a right, is basically denying an individual life.” According to KDEQ.org, “…only 2.5% of the world’s water is freshwater…”, it is no secret that water is becoming a scarce resource on Earth, and we as humans need to be more mindful about wasting water and using it only when needed. However, using this fact as a reason to withhold water from individuals because they cannot afford it, is absurd. Water is a right, just like our freedom or speech and expression.

  • Guest

    Water should be a right that everyone should have. We shouldn’t have to worry about paying for something we need and use everyday. We all use water for our everyday needs like bathing, drinking, using the restroom, washing out hands and more. There shouldn’t be a price on something thats all around us. We all use it so why should we have to pay for it. I understand that this world we live in is drying up as we know it but that shouldn’t hold us back from letting everyone have a right to our worlds fresh water supply. The water we use today gets replenished everyday so that we can reuse it. There is water all around us so why cant we just make it clean , make it usable.

  • Guest

    Water is a part of any living thing’s survival. It is a NEED, you can’t take that away. Water will always be a right. Everyone should have access to clean and filtered water. People die everyday from dehydration, its an important part of survival. 1 in 7 people don’t have access to clean, drinkable water. This is a problem. 7 out of 7 people should have 24/7 access to clean, drinkable water. We can’t keep water from people who need it. 884 million people do not have access to safe drinking water. Water is a right not a privilege. Even though we have a limited supply, we shouldn’t keep a key part to survival away from people.

  • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

    Water is a part of any living thing’s survival. It is a NEED, you can’t take that away. Water will always be a right. Everyone should have access to clean and filtered water. People die everyday from dehydration, its an important part of survival. 1 in 7 people don’t have access to clean, drinkable water. This is a problem. 7 out of 7 people should have 24/7 access to clean, drinkable water. We can’t keep water from people who need it. 884 million people do not have access to safe drinking water. Water is a right not a privilege. Even though we have a limited supply, we shouldn’t keep a key part to survival away from people. This is a huge problem and we need to put an end to it.

  • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

    Water is a necessity of a healthy lifestyle for survival, it is a need. Water is a right not a privilege. Many people don’t even get enough water, there are a lot of public water fountains in the world, but there have to be more of them and should be used regularly. There should be 24/7 access to water in the world. A lot of people do not have access to water in the world, and that should change.

  • Guest

    Water should be a right that everyone should have. We shouldn’t have to worry about paying for something we need and use everyday. We all use water for our everyday needs like bathing, drinking, using the restroom, washing out hands and more. There shouldn’t be a price on something thats all around us. We all use it so why should we have to pay for it. I understand that this world we live in is drying up as we know it but that shouldn’t hold us back from letting everyone have a right to our worlds fresh water supply. The water we use today gets replenished everyday so that we can reuse it. There is water all around us so why cant we just make it clean , make it usable.

  • MadiT_Per3_BoydBence

    An average human can survive 3-5 days without water. A human in an especially cold or hot climate can survive for even less than that (source). This may just seem like another fact, but there are MILLIONS of people who are without clean water all over the world, a total of 783 million people to be exact. For water to be considered a privilege that needs to be payed for puts a large majority of these people in a very dangerous and fatal situation. Water should be a right that everyone is given, no matter what their race, gender, nationality, etc., is. A better way to make sure that we don’t waste a lot of water is to put regulations on the water. The only problem now is who gets the right to regulate the water, and how can we make sure it is done fairly.

  • GianS_Per2_BoydBence

    Water is an essential part of everybody and everything’s survival on Earth. Water is needed for drinking, cooking, and basic hygiene as the basis of survival, therefore it should be available even for a person who cannot afford it. It would be a challenge to regulate water usage for every person on the planet though. It would be unfair to say to a person or family, “You can only use this amount of water or you can’t use that much water.” A good way to regulate water is to tell and educate others on how we can better conserve the water on Earth. We don’t think about how lucky we are that we have access to water, yet, we easily waste it. When you think about it on a global scale, there are many people who cannot afford to pay for water and forcing them to pay for water would be cruel.

  • ChristianH_2boydbence

    “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.””A letter of protest signed by 77 non-governmental organisations (NGOs), including Biofuel Watch, Blue Planet Project, Corporate Accountability International and End Water Poverty Coalition, says: “We are deeply disappointed to find the reference to the human right to water and sanitation has been removed from the Working Document” for the current session of Open Working Group (OPW), which began Monday.3
    The protest is being led and coordinated by the Mining Working Group, a coalition of NGOs which promotes human and environmental rights worldwide.
    Meera Karunananthan of the Canada-based Blue Planet Project told IPS, “The United Nations must not commit to a development agenda that does not further human rights.
    “We will be talking to member states to demand that they champion a human rights-based approach to the SDGs,” she added.”

    “This confirms a broader concern by civil society organisations that human rights have been marginalized within the SDG framework.” — Meera Karunananthan

    With all this support for the right of water, and the fact that scientific fact dictates that without water people cannot live why would the U.N. brush water off and mandate goals that could be completed by 2015 that could make water a right to even the lowest slum area keeping millions of people alive? As human’s go through existence we cannot live without the guarantee,“ the human right to water to seen as a central component of other focus areas including energy, food, gender and climate change.” if people cant guaruntee this as a right millions around will keep on dying wile the rest of the world watches.

    http://www.un.org/waterforlifedecade/pdf/facts_and_figures_human_right_to_water_eng.pdf

    http://www.globalissues.org/news/2014/05/06/18637

  • Tosterhout_period2_boyd_bence

    everyone should have the right to water it one of the thing all humans need An average human can survive 3-5 days without water.Water is a right not a privilege because without water will would all die and we all have to right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness so we should all have the right to water.

  • ChristenW_Per4_BoydBence

    Water is a commodity. As research suggests, the average amount of water americans use per day is 80-100 gallons of water. I also researched how much water we need per day. Apparently, most people need to drink about half a gallon of water a day. A 5 minute shower requires about 20 gallons of water. Maybe 1-2 gallons of water for the amount of cooking most households do. About 50 gallons of water to wash clothes a week. This adds up to about 29 and a half gallons of water a day that we need to live healthy lives. We DO NOT need to use 100 gallons of water when 29 will get us by. We need to conserve our natural resources. If people want to use extra water, they should have to pay extra for it.

  • Cole Wierman boydbence

    This is a intriguing question. But water is a source you need to live. You can’t go forever with dirty water that has hurtful bacteria in it. “Water is essential to life on earth, but only 2.5% of the world’s water is freshwater and the majority of that is locked up in glaciers and ice caps”. This is very true which means there are tons of people struggling to find clean and filtered water.

  • SpencerH_4

    how accessible is water to you? do you have water fountains at your school? do you have showers on 24/7 ready for you. For a example kids in Africa don’t, if there thirsty they have to go out and get there own water just for a cup of water if there thirsty. the least we could do as a country is help them make or build them something to have like at every village to collect water like build wells or something in that manor. we need to help them in any way we can and i believe they would take nay help they can get. its not a privilege to get water it should be a right if your a free human. they should be able to take a shower when they want if they feel dirty. or if there thirsty they should be able to go get a glass of water.

  • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

    Water should be available to everyone, it’s a necessity to live without it non of us would be alive. In the sense though, fresh clean water is in very limited supply. 2.5% of the worlds water is fresh and drinkable and a majority of it is locked in glaciers. It cost money to process water and make it clean. The most we can really do is conserve water, and try to help out those less fortunate.

  • RaagP_4BoydBence

    We should be able to have a certain amount of water for free, maybe 25 gallons of water per person per week. Any more than that you would have to pay a small amount for. MAybe $1.50 per gallon. But, on the contrary businesses that use a lot of water, would have to pay a lot more money. Maybe, if we lower taxes on businesses that use more than 10,000 gallons of water every year, it would make up for it.

  • Tayla_k_4BoydBence

    “Water is essential to life on earth, but only 2.5% of the world’s water is freshwater and the majority of that is locked up in glaciers and ice caps.” Considering we have fresh water, that we can access at all times we should feel lucky. Water should be a right, everyone deserves to be able to drink water, everyone should be able to shower. The average human can survive 3 days without water and only 10 days without food. Water is essential to human life. We should make water available for everyone, even those who cant afford it. What if that was you? I am sure you would appreciate the water. With our advanced technology we will soon be able to find a way to covert salty and dirty water to pure and drinkable water.

  • Trent_H_Period3 Boyd?/Bence?

    Water should be available to everyone, it shouldn’t be something we need to seclude and make it a privilege. Water should be for anyone to get and not have to pay for to be able to use it. People should have the right to freely use water for whatever purpose they need. It shouldn’t be limited to only certain people as an exclusive item.

  • Maeve_K_Period2

    Everybody knows that a human needs water to live, so why are we not providing over 883 million people with the clean, safe water they don’t have access to? I think that water is a human right, however, making it sanitary and available can be costly. One alternative would be if we begin to mass produce water bottles such as the one created by Michael Pritchard, which make sewage water drinkable immediately, many people all over the world would be healthier and happier.

    Here is the link to his TED talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/michael_pritchard_invents_a_water_filter

  • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

    This week’s topic definitely makes you think. Water is something everyone needs in order to survive. People can only go 72 hours without it. Water is a necessity for everyone. So why do people want others to pay for it?
    People shouldn’t have to pay for water. People can’t always afford the things they need or don’t have access to it. Water needs to be spread out equally so that people can have what they need to live. No one should need to pay to be able to drink and use water. People should conserve their use of water but they shouldn’t be forced to pay for it.”780 million people lack access to and improved water source; approximately one in nine people.”There are people out there still without a reliable water source.

  • CallieH_2BoydBence

    Water is a basic human need. Water is a right because we need it to survive. Yes, we do need to conserve it, and we need to be careful with it, but there are many ways to make salt water drinkable! That 2% of freshwater is not the only water we have. It costs very little! There’s a man that invented a straw that turns sewer water into drinking water and it costs very little to make. You can distill it. It’s quite easy. However, with places not always having access to even a gallon of water, or first move is to make it readily available. Maybe put a daily amount on it, make adjustments based on various factors, however, we do need to keep in mind that our bodies ARE about 80 percent water.

  • JacobG_2_BoydBence

    There are many important things in life, one of which being water. Water is a necessity. We survive of of it, without it there would be no life nor would we be here. Everything thrives off of water. Us as humans need water everyday in order to continue our life’s. Water is a right, everyone need to be able to have access to it and they should be able to as well. But in some cases we do not need people waste a source that is not unlimited. There needs to be a boundary on what we give in terms of water supply. For those who pay, they can get as much as it is need as long as they are paying for it. (like we do now) for those who can not afford it there need to be a source that they can go to to get water and have some to be able to survive.

  • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

    Water should be free for everybody to use as needed. It’s something that everybody needs to live. People can only live 3 days without it and nobody should have to suffer and go without water. Sadly free water for everybody isn’t realistic. Purifying water and making it usable for everyday purposes costs a lot of money. I think water should be free up to a certain point. Everybody would get a certain amount of water monthly for no cost. After using the certain allotted amount you get for free you should start paying a fee per every x gallons you use. It provides water for everybody while still providing money to go towards purifying more water for people to use.

  • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

    Even though some may feel that water should only go to those who have worked for it, I feel that water should be available to all people because it is one of many things that we need to survive.
    In many countries around the world that lack basic rights, they don’t have easy access to water. And if they do, it’s usually over priced and leads the families into more poverty. According to the World Health Organization, “Between 50 and 100 liters of water per person per day are needed to ensure most basic needs…The water source has to be within 1,000 meters from home… (and) water cost should not exceed 3% of household income.” Even though these rules are in place many people don’t get enough water, and if they do it costs a lot of money and can be in a really inconvenient location. There is also a rule about the collection time not exceeding 30 minutes. You could have your water, but it could take hours to collect. The site for the laws can be found below. A solution to this problem is in the Ted talks video by Michael Prichard, in which he uses the Lifesaver Bottle to filter out the smallest of viruses. It’s really simple to use and is more resource efficient than plastic water bottles. And the filter only needs to be replaced every “…6,000 liters…” and then the “…system will shut off, protecting the user.” By shipping these, there won’t be any more disease ridden refugee camps and people can get fresh water faster. Michael Prichard’s video can be found below. One more solution is the Lifestraw. It’s a more portable version of the Lifesaver Bottle, but it has the same effect. A picture of the Lifestraw is attached below. And although some people may see that people shouldn’t get water unless they pay for it, I feel that if it’s something you need to survive, you should get it with no questions asked. And I understand that we’re having a shortage of water in our world, but the solution to that is not to deprive others of their born rights.
    So no matter how desperate we get, there is always a solution. And for the refugees and people living away from fresh water, we have the Lifesaver Bottle and the Lifestraw in our future. Water belongs to everyone.
    Laws of water: http://www.un.org/waterforlifedecade/pdf/facts_and_figures_human_right_to_water_eng.pdf
    Lifesaver Bottle: http://www.ted.com/talks/michael_pritchard_invents_a_water_filter#t-405408

  • Guest

    I believe that water is a right. If we need water to survive then how is it a privilege?

    I first thought to just give free water to those who cannot get access to any, but I knew that this would not work out because some people who do pay for water would be outraged. Shanti Devi, a women from Gopalpur Mushari, India on http://www.wateraid.com says, “Men never come to collect water as it is a woman’s responsibility to provide water and prepare food.” Women like Shanti have to travel up to and over 8 hours every day just to find 1 gallon of water. The article goes further to say, “The water Shanti and her daughter collect is from an unprotected source, so it can easily become contaminated. Water collection is seen as women’s work, and Shanti and her daughter only have time to go to the toilet in the early morning or late in the evening. They have to use the nearby fields, where they risk being bitten by snakes and reptiles, and watched by other people.”

    Here is another quote from http://www.righttowater.info, “The 2006 UNDP Human Development Report stresses that issues related to poverty, inequality and unequal power relationships cause the current water and sanitation crisis. At the time, over 1.1 billion individuals lacked access to a basic supply of water from a clean source that is likely to be safe…” That is a lot of people that do not get full access to clean water.

    Below, I have attached a picture that gives different reasons as to why water is beneficial to your body. Some of the reasons listed on the picture are that your brain is made of 75% water, water regulates your body temperature, water makes up 83% of our your blood, and it makes up 75% of your muscle. These are just a few of the reasons as to why water is essential to your body and why water is a right, not a privilege.

  • GavinS_Per3_BoydBence

    Water should be for every one we should not have to make a choice between water or food.It is a right we should all have.

  • MichelleS_3_boydbence

    I believe that water is a right. If we need water to survive then how is it a privilege?

    I first thought to just give free water to those who cannot get access to any, but I knew that this would not work out because some people who do pay for water would be outraged. Shanti Devi, a woman from Gopalpur Mushari, India on http://www.wateraid.com says, “Men never come to collect water as it is a woman’s responsibility to provide water and prepare food.” Women like Shanti have to travel up to and over 8 hours every day just to find 1 gallon of water. The article goes further to say, “The water Shanti and her daughter collect is from an unprotected source, so it can easily become contaminated. Water collection is seen as women’s work, and Shanti and her daughter only have time to go to the toilet in the early morning or late in the evening. They have to use the nearby fields, where they risk being bitten by snakes and reptiles, and watched by other people.”

    Here is another quote from http://www.righttowater.info, “The 2006 UNDP Human Development Report stresses that issues related to poverty, inequality and unequal power relationships cause the current water and sanitation crisis. At the time, over 1.1 billion individuals lacked access to a basic supply of water from a clean source that is likely to be safe…” That is a lot of people that do not get full access to clean water.

    Below, I have attached a picture that gives different reasons as to why water is beneficial to your body. Some of the reasons listed on the picture are that your brain is made of 75% water, water regulates your body temperature, water makes up 83% of our your blood, and it makes up 75% of your muscle. These are just a few of the reasons as to why water is essential to your body and why water is a right, not a privilege.

  • Jacob M period3

    Water is a right and I feel like that we all should have access to it and should be able too use it as we wish. The government should not have to provide water to there people freely I feel like it is something that should be taxed by our the government because we have the info structure to do so. Now i have added a picture at the bottom giving the list of the third world countries of the world. And all of the do not have the info structure to give there people clean water and suport life.

  • ErinB_2boydbence

    I believe that it is a human right for everyone to be able to access water without having the need to pay for it. Water is a resource that everyone needs in order to stay alive. Even though our water sources are running out and becoming limited, we can’t really do anything about it now. We should start making people pay for water when sources become more limited.

    http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/index.shtml

  • NWeix-1stboydbence

    Quite clearly, if a human doesn’t have water it can’t live. Look at any website, any article, any book, any source, and it will tell you that animals need water to live. Obviously, if we have to PAY to live, that’s unfair, so it should be a right. Why should the amount of time I get to live be decided by how much money I have?

  • JasminR_3BoydBence

    I strongly believe that water should be a Commodity. Only the people that can afford it should have to pay for it. I feel strongly for this mainly because it is the one of the main thing humans need to live, and many people can’t afford or don’t have access to water. “ 884 million people do not have access the clean safe drinking water “ according to UNICEFF. The amount of water need per people fulfill basic needs 50 – 100 liters of water per day says the world health organization. Some of our water sources
    may be drying up as a growing number of companies and individuals compete for
    water. According the KQED podcast to solve this issue “some people say that
    putting a higher price on water would give people an incentive to conserve.”
    But by doing this it doesn’t help the people in lower class communities. Less
    people would be able to afford the water they need. Therefore I believe that only those who can
    afford it should have to pay for it.

  • http://www.hurr-durr.com BBurlison _3boydbence

    Water should be a inalienable right and not something that should be withheld from people because they don’t deserve it or we can’t supply them with it, Water is an essential to living and without water and especially clean water the world as a better place is not going anywhere on the path to peace until the simple commodities can be fixed.