Water Spouts will speak volubly and endlessly about all the issues concerning water. The ongoing degradation, and growing scarcity, of the water supply here in the US, and the rest of the world. The continued absence of potable water in so many parts of the world. The work being done by NGOs, and charities, in the third world, to help alleviate the situation. The emphasis on WASH ( Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene ) so health and healthy water are maintained. "Water Spouts" will spout it all out.
Which approach will be most effective to tackling our water conservation and shortage challenges in the years ahead?
At least 840 million people - the majority of them poor - do not have
access to water around the world. Tensions between countries such as
India and China over water resources increased in recent years as both
populations and economies grew and water resources were stressed.
are thousands of charity organizations dedicated to solving the problem
of water access around the world, but charity may not be the best way
to solve the crisis of water accessibility and prevent it from becoming a
next global security threat.
The key is actually creating self-sustained markets, according to Gary White, co-founder and CEO of Water.org.
Water.org is currently creating a program to give micro-loans to the
poor in India that will help them connect to the existing water
infrastructure in the country, rather than pay up to seven times as much
for water sold by vendors.
"The solution there lies with
the poor themselves and trying to unleash this tremendous power they
have as customers and citizens," said White during a panel at the Aspen
Ideas Festival on the question "Is Water the Next Global Security
"The fact is that the water utility is there," he said.
"Hundreds of millions could get access to water given the right
financial tools and access to capital."
White added that
charitable organizations may dig wells that give water for free, but
they are often unusable after more than a few years because they dry up
or lack capital to be maintained. "We do need philanthropy and catalytic
philanthropy as opposed to charity," White said.
McCormick, president of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and
former president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, agreed that markets
need to be harnessed in order to solve the world's water crises, saying
that they could drive behavior that results in water conservation.
warned against the risks of privatization, however. "Privatization and
ownership of water needs to be very, very carefully managed," he said.
"That could lead to a lot of unintended consequences."
Lee, water manager for Skoll Global Threats, said that private sector
involvement in water management around the world had increased in the
last five years and was encouraging. She also said that greater
government involvement around the world in designing better water
policies is occurring.
"I am optimistic because, personally, I
believe water is too important for us not to cooperate over," said Lee.
"Everyone understands that without water, we will die."