Some have predicted that conflicts over water scarcity are inevitable, but what does the record show?
In reporting a recent story on a fight over water between residents of a small Colorado town and Nestlé Waters North America, a bottled water company, I learned much about water scarcity around the world, and the sense — also growing — that shortages of water could spark much future conflict.
Many, including the authors mentioned above, argue that water must be viewed as a human right, not solely as a market commodity.
That's been the United Nations' position for years – not least because a lack of access to clean water constitutes a huge health problem in much of the developing world. About 1 billion people don't have potable water.
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