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Water Ownership is Unfair

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This image exemplifies the unfairness in water distribution, similar to the Colorado River.  California divvies up the water each state receives from the river.  Mexico gets the smallest amount. 

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Water 'ownership' claims distracting debate, tribunal hears

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The Crown never disputed Maori interests in water, the Waitangi Tribunal has heard.

The Maori in New Zealand claim ownership of water.  But, NZ law states that water is not something that can be owned.  It was hinted at in the article that the Maori are fighting for the water, as they believe that it has always been theirs.

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Clean Water

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"Water Wars" are caused because of a lack of drinkable water in developing countries.

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Pros and Cons of Water Ownership

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There are many pros and cons of water ownership.  With the ability to own water, governments may exercise their use in the most effective way.  Due to only a small amount of water available though, "water wars" are common between countries.  Furthermore, one country may monopolize the available water and violate the rights of other countries. 

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My Scoop on Water Ownership

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Water ownership is a slippery slope. First of all water is a scarce commodity. Although about seventy percent of the earth's surface is water, less than three percent of earth's water is fresh water. Of that three percent, only three-quarters are above ground. But, most of that water is in a frozen state and so it is not consumable by humans. That leaves less than one percent for human use. With a world population of over seven billion, the needs of the people far exceed this amount.

Yet, water is essential to all life and it is therefore a basic human right to access it. Having a right to water is not the same as owning it though. Any group may claim their rights over a body of water, but that does not mean they have a right to own the water. Countless “water wars” have been incited over disagreements. Disagreements of who owned the water. These wars are seen all over the world.

In developing countries, it is a huge concern. The question is should the people own the water? Or should the government hire a company to handle the water. Arguments can be made for both. For the people, it can be said that hiring a company is too costly. This has been seen in Cochabamba, Bolivia where the people protested their government hiring Bechtel Corporation in 2000. On the other hand, in 1996 the citizens of Yorkshire had to buy water from a neighboring town because their infrastructure was so poor that all of their water had leaked until it was gone. Or in the capitol city of Bulgaria, the population could only turn on their faucets every couple of days. If the water had been privatized, this could have been avoided.

Water ownership is a problem that plagues the world. It is not something that can simply be solved. This issue will hang over the head of the world’s population for years to come.

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No Water

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Water is a scarce resource in some areas of the world.  "Water Wars" are incited because of this.

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Colorado River Water Ownership

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The percentage of water various locations are given "ownership" of to use.

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Politics and society

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When Chile privatized water, mining companies were given nearly all the water rights in that country, free of charge. Today, they control Chile’s water market and the shortage of water has served t...

This article tells of some of the issues of water ownership.  It uses the revolt of the people in Chile over the selling of water rights to a corporation to maintain the water as an example.  A contrasting example used is that in Yorkshire, the people had to buy water from a neighboring town because their water infrastructure had not been maintained.

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