the ? of water ownership is coming 2 a faucet near u. ppl typically don't kno or care about water till they turn on the tap & it's brown or absent. did u kno the word river & the word rival come from the same root? there r predictions tht what oil wuz 2 the 20th century, n terms of the stuggle 4 control of it, water will b n the 21st. this is a story about greed, 4 the most part. i guess the more precise ? is, who own's plant processed drinking water ? fresh water is now n a state of cirsis. the battle is b/t those who perceive water as an economic entity vs. those who believe it belongs 2 the global commons, i.e. the ppl. 3 yrs ago, pressured by the world bank, bolivia privtized water n its 3rd largest city. a consortium led by u.s. based betchel corp received xclusive rights 2 the citys water resources. oscar olivera - "there wz a feeling of indigntion, of, enuf already b/c eveything wz being privitized xcept the air & water. the water rates, when the privitization wz complete, were higher by 30% to 300%. the gov used police, military & snipers during the final days of the conflict. victor hugo, a 17 yo boy wz killed by sniper fire". post the killings & economic standstill, the gov decided 2 kick the betchel consortium out & do what the ppl wished. across the u.s., cities & towns must replace aging pipes & public water plants @ an estimted cost of trillions. potential profits 4 water r attrcting global water companies but public opinion is divided over public ownership or privitization. water is the next opec, f u think u hv prob now w oil, wait till the multinationals hv a starnglehold over water. b prepared 2 pay gasoline prices 4 water. n stockton ca there wz a struggle jus 2 convince the city council 2 permit the citizens of the town 2 vote on the issue of privatization. the council decided NOT 2 permit the residents 2 vote, but nstead, decided 2 vote 4 them, & decided not 2 delay accepting the contract until the public voted, & to accept privitization. btw, the sole blk council member voted 2 privitize n stockton, 2 deny the citizens the opportuinity 2 vote on the issue. can u say payola? then there is rajasthan, a desert area of india. local control of the worlds water is key. they worked 2gether 2 provide water 4 every1. n india the national gov & local communities r on a collsiion course. rejendar singh leads a grassroots movement 4 local control of water aginst the gov plans 2 privitize rivers, streams & wells. "what we're trying 2 do is b/c mor self reliant. local action, small local action, can change global thinking n a second, n no time". of course these companies don't com n requesting 2 take over ur water facilities, they present it as "modernization opportuinities", & ways 2 save ur city, which is invaribly broke, crucil $'s. almost sounds as thou they're doing us a favor, doesen't it? n stockton they, omi thames water - a privitization co., claimed 2 b able 2 sav the citizens $170. million over 10 yrs. :deal: public citizen, an organization n the u.s., claims n atlanta, united water, fired half the staff, failed 2 complete repairs, & the water wuz brown, etc. 3 yrs ago, half a million ppl n bolivia came 2gether & expelled betchel b/c they worked 4 privitiztion b/c it opposed the will of the ppl. what is behind the effort 2 declare water a private property? the issue, the basic issue is rights. who owns the rights of water? the government? or, is the it the right of the community? but the gov is takeing the rights due 2 the pressure of the world bank & multinationals & not jus n "3rd" wld countries either. the citizens of stockton organzied 2 try & overturn the decision of the city council, & tht battle is ongoing. n recent yrs what we've seen is kind of theft of the commons, the notion tht everything shld b commodified & put on the open market 4 profit. n india, coca cola & pepsi cola pump water from under poor ppl's land, bottle it & sell it back 2 the ppl. who's water is that? the crucial ? these companies r not answering is: how will they increase water resource availibility. they keep tlking about financial resource doubling. but they don't talk about river water doubling, stream water doubling, or well water doubling. it's an attempt 2 pocket poverty 4 profits & it's a disgrace.