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egypt:
The water as been privatized by corporations & they are creating scarcity and monopoly to control and get as much money out of us as they can!

Every 3-5 families should invest together in an ecolo blue!  Then, go from there in getting more of them.   I'm getting one as soon as it is possible!  I think with 7 gallons a day, I could bath a little, drink a little and even grow a bit of food!

mr anderson:
Eltham North Primary School bans bottled water

By John Masanauskas | Herald Sun | August 26, 2009

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,25983763-421,00.html

    * School bans water, soft drink bottles
    * Says ban will help educate students
    * Vote in our Green Awards 2009

A MELBOURNE school has banned commercially bottled water in what is believed to be a Victorian first. Pupils at Eltham North Primary School are being told to drink tap water and use only environmentally friendly re-useable containers. Principal David Foley said the ban was part of the school's green policy, which includes re-useable containers for lunches.

"We have good water in Melbourne," he said.

"It's a waste of money buying plastic bottled water and most of the bottles end up in our waterways or in landfill.

"We don't want students to come to school using soft drink or bottled water."

It is estimated Australians spend about $500 million each year on bottled water. A bottled water ban was introduced in the NSW town of Bundanoon last month. But Mr Foley said his school had been moving towards the policy since installing waste-cutting water fountains last year.

"It's the way to go," he said.

"We're also using it as an education process to see what can happen if water goes off and what can happen if you're using a poor bottle like a soft drink container."

Mr Foley said bags wouldn't be checked for dodgy bottles, but staff would monitor the use of drink containers in class and in the playground. Brendan Lynch, from water dispenser firm Aqua-bubbler, said his company had supplied eco-friendly products to hundreds of schools in Victoria.

"Kids are a lot more discerning about where they drink from these days," he said. "A lot of water troughs at schools are unhygienic."

Mr Lynch said it was crazy that people were buying so much bottled water during the economic crisis.

"A lot of those bottles can't be recycled and end up as landfill, it's a no-win situation," he said.

Opposition education spokesman Martin Dixon said he had no problem with the bottle ban.

"It's something that they have weighed up carefully," he said. "It's good to allow schools to do something innovative and environmentally friendly."

g1rlg0ne:
Yep. The water is fluoridated. Drink up, kiddies!

mr anderson:
United Water sued for overcharging

August 31, 2009
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/08/31/2672109.htm

The taxpayer-owned SA Water is suing private company United Water for tens of millions of dollars for alleged water overcharging.

The South Australian Government is alleging deceptive and misleading conduct and breach of contract against United Water in the years after the negotiation of a water contract in 1995.

That was when management of water was privatised by the former Liberal government. United Water is owned by French company Veolia which has operations in 64 countries. The Treasurer, Kevin Foley, says a review of pricing in 2006 has revealed serious concerns about the contract.

"It is our view and our strong case that will be argued, that the effect of this behaviour by United Water leads into the tens of millions of dollars in terms of overcharging for services, that is South Australian taxpayers paying more for water services than they otherwise should have," he said.

"The former Liberal government when it signed this contract in 1995, in this particular aspect of the contract, really performed very badly in terms of how they negotiated the transparency."

The Water Security Minister, Karlene Maywald, says if damages are awarded, it would offset future residential water price increases.

"It will come off the prices that we will need to increase prices in the future, we're on a pathway to double our price of water, so any return of dollars will reduce the need the quantum of that increase," she said.

'Unfair'

The State Opposition says criticism by the Government over its negotiation of a water contract is unfair.

Opposition finance spokesman Rob Lucas says the alleged breaches by United Water are not its fault under the contract, which was negotiated by the former Liberal government in 1995.

"If the Government is suing United Water for a breach of contract then it would appear to me that the problem is not with the contract but it's with actually why Mr Rann and Mr Foley have not required over the past eight years United Water to abide by the contract," he said.

United Water says it is surprised and disappointed by the legal action but understands SA Water has only filed the claim and currently does not intend to serve it.

Brocke:

The End of Cheap Water?

Aug 20th, 2009 | By Chris Mayer | Category: Emerging Markets

The price of water is starting to rise in a big way, at least in China. I’ve expected this for a few years.

To set the table, water rates in China have been so far below the global average it’s ridiculous. Especially when you consider the severe water problems in China. The graphic below is from The Wall Street Journal (“China Cities Raise Water Price in Bid to Conserve” by Andrew Batson):

The Chinese are water-poor. They are sucking their aquifers dry. It is particularly bad in the north of China. The groundwater under the North China Plains is draining away quickly. By some estimates, China will exhaust this water supply in the next ten years.

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You probably know that the city of Venice is sinking a fraction of an inch per year. But that’s nothing compared to what is going on in Beijing. Parts of Beijing are sinking 8 inches a year! According to Andrew Lees (The Right Game), it is the world’s largest cone of depression (an underground hole created by a depleted water table) at over 15,000 square miles. The second largest cone of depression is around Shanghai.

So finally, many cities are raising the price of water. The WSJ points out several places where water prices could rise 25-48%. Shanghai, for instance, raised water rates 25% in June and plans another 22% increase next year.

The second event that caught my eye was the collaboration between China and India to monitor the health of Himalayan glaciers. This area is very important to both countries. They fought a war over it in 1962. So, the fact that they are getting together on the Himalayan glaciers is meaningful.

Here is why it is so important: Seven of the world’s largest rivers, including the Ganges and the Yangtze, are fed by the glaciers of the Himalayas. They supply water to about 40 per cent of the world’s population.

Well, those glaciers are shrinking. The Indian Space Research Organization, using satellite images, has studied the changes in 466 glaciers. It found they had lost more than 20% of their size between 1962 and 2001.

This melting increases the water flow at first, but eventually slows dramatically as the glaciers either melt completely or reform. These observations have given rise to a kind of “Peak Himalaya” where people wonder if we have not seen the maximum water flow from the mountains.

We know the current run rate on demand is already well above what is sustainable given annual rainfall and river flows. That’s why you have those depressions. That explains the depleted aquifers and the rivers that don’t reach the sea. Now throw into that ugly brew a decline in water supply from the Himalayas. The situation is worse than it seems, if that is possible, because much of the existing fresh water in both countries is so polluted it is unfit for human consumption.

As if all of that weren’t bad enough, the demand for water is still rising rapidly in China and India. The water use per capita in China and India are still well below global averages. As these countries industrialize, they’ll consume exponentially more water. It takes water to make just about everything. For example, to make a 1 tonne passenger car takes more than 100,000 gallons of water. Just to make a cotton shirt takes over 1,000 gallons of water. And most of our water goes into making our food.

So, population growth by itself guarantees increased water demand. (Globally, water consumption increases at more than twice the rate of population growth.) These two countries already have big populations and both will get bigger. When you look at demographic trends, China and India alone will add close 600 million people over the next 30 years. That’s two present-day United States.

Fresh water, like oil, is getting a lot harder to find for 40% of the world’s population. It will get worse before it gets better. The days when we think of water as a cheap resource are coming to a close. That’s especially true for China and India.

Bottom line: We need to create more fresh water. You do that by finding new sources either through new supplies (drilling deeper, desalination, etc.) or by using existing supplies more efficiently (irrigation and other efficiency gains).

All of that takes time and energy. Desalination is energy intensive. Drilling deeper for water or going to more distant source requires energy to pump and move the water. Replacing older, less efficient plants and equipment takes time and energy again. (Detect a theme here?)

Countries, companies and people will find ways to make this transition. The companies that can solve these problems will do well.

http://www.contrarianprofits.com/articles/the-end-of-cheap-water/20043

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