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originally posted by: ElectricUniverse
originally posted by: Dingo80
Somebody needs to ask nestle' to turn their pockets inside out.
Humm, you do have a point there since some very powerful corporations seem to want to "privitize water".
originally posted by: rickymouse
They have companies with special equipment to track leaks from on top the streets. They did that here a while back. I don't know what kind of equipment it is, but they found a lot of leaks with it. Half the water was leaking through cracked old lines, broken by frost movement of the ground over the years. They got them pretty well fixed.
I'm sure they can get a company to come there, it wouldn't be that expensive.
originally posted by: rickymouse
a reply to: cloaked4u
How about if they just fix the leaks so they don't have to be paying so much for water.
originally posted by: nugget1
Talk about synchronicity!
I live in a small town of less than three people, and two days ago the waterlines to six house blew, along with two water tanks.
Apparently, the maintenance workers turned the water off for one section, then turned it back on with the pressure set to high.
The reason they turned it off is they were looking for a water leak. They have been leak-hunting for all of the 17 years I have lived here, as our town looses 100,000+ of water each year-and nobody knows where it's going!
I had no idea when I first read this thread that it was such a wide-spread problem, or that it was happening in my own back yard!
Now, I find myself re-thinking sinkholes.....
August 18, 2014, 11:43 AM
Drought conditions may have leveled off across California, but nearly 100% of the state remains in the third-harshest category for dryness, according to the latest measurements..
For the past two weeks, California's drought picture has remained the same, halting a steady march toward worse. But the breather has allowed the state to recover only ever so slightly.
Meanwhile, nearly 82% of California continues to suffer "extreme" drought, and within that area, more than half the state is under the driest "exceptional" drought category.
The figures comes as the state Water Resources Control Board authorized strict fines for water wasters in July as part of the latest conservation effort.
As cities across California start enforcing penalties with renewed gusto for over-watering, residents have felt the consequences -- some incurring huge fines, others annoyed with browning neighborhood lawns.
In Santa Cruz, residents who incur penalties can even attend one-time classes instead of paying fees -- the water equivalent of traffic school.
Water and Privatization
by Shannyn Snyder
After long excluding the word "water" from its guidelines, constitutions and bills of rights since the 1940s, both the United Nations (UN) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in conferences and appearances from the late 1970s to present have verbally recognized water as a basic human need and even more importantly, a human right. Yet worldwide, water scarcity of usable, potable water threatens of lives of every population.
In the UN World Water Report of 2006, it was noted that "there is enough water for everyone" and "water insufficiency is often due to mismanagement, corruption, lack of appropriate institutions, bureaucratic inertia and a shortage of investment in both human capacity and physical infrastructure". (source) That is, a lesser known predator of world water to the commonly discussed pollution and climate warming is privatization by large corporations, and it is a large cause of water scarcity.
A new independent documentary by Irena Salina called "Flow," which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Festival and opened in select theaters in September 2008 has already received various awards and acclaim for bringing attention to the corporate side of the dwindling fresh water supply. For more information, see www.flowthefilm.com...
Democratising Global Governance:
The Challenges of the World Social Forum
This paper sums up the debate that took place during the two round tables organized by UNESCO within the first World Social Forum in Porto Alegre (25/30 January 2001). It starts with a discussion of national processes, by examining democracy and then governance at the national level. It first states a case for a "joint" governance based on a combination of stakeholder theory, which is derived from corporate governance, and of UNESCO's priorities in the field of governance. As an example, the paper investigates how governance can deviate from democracy in the East Asian model. Subsequently, the global dimension of the debate on democracy and governance is examined, first by identification of the characteristics and agents of democracy in the global setting, and then by allusion to the difficulties of transposing governance to the global level.
This paper answers the question of whether individuals or groups have a legal right to a minimum set of
resources, specifically water, and whether there is an obligation for States or other parties to provide those
resources when they are lacking. This question has not been adequately addressed. Several of the major references
and bibliographies related to the issue of human rights have no entries or citations related to water
(Lawson, 1991; United Nations, 1993; Steiner and Alson, 1996). Even the current index of the website of the
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has no entry for water (www.unhchr.ch...).
edit on 20-8-2014 by ElectricUniverse because: correct errors, add info and link.