Water Shortage - have you experienced it or do you fear it
• United States
29 Jan 07
I had experiences of water shortages in the Philippines. There was a time that there was a set schedule on how many hours you can have access to running water. So we all had to invest on huge plastic containers in order to store our water needs for the day (shower, cooking, drinking and etc). I also saw people lining up to the nearest water pump for more than 2 hours just to get water. It is an experience and sight that I do not want to see again in my lifetime.
• New Zealand
8 Feb 07
We are experiencing climate change. Water continues to pour down in abundance from the clouds in some areas and scantily in others. Deforestation, run-offs and other things lead to the lowering of the water table. In the rush towards privatisation, a lot of governments have abdicated on the responsibility of providing the citizens with consistent potable water. These private companies are profit driven and not service driven. We will see a consolidation in the hands of multinationals, the water supply companies - within our lifetimes. Then each country - for example the Philippines will not have control of the water supply but some faceless multinational corporation. For example, the Manila water supply is controlled by two Corporations - one owned by the Lopez family, the other by the Ayalas. Every country has more or less of this. Therein lies our true water insecurity.
5 Feb 07
Yes, I have experienced it partially, when I visited a friend in Chennai at the height of summer. There was never enough water to take a bath, and that was the first thing you felt like all through the day when you can't stand the heat. We had to wake up at 4 in the morning, go to a public tap and wait in queue to get a bucketful of water, with whoich we had to manage our ablutions. To drink, we had to buy mineral water, not just because we could afford the big prize, but because there wasno other choice.