This week I was grateful for the opportunity to think and learn about water consumption and preservation. While we all use and need water on a daily basis, it is often taken for granted especially in a place like Vancouver where water quality is great and where we are surrounded by so many beautiful sources of freshwater.
While watching the Netflix show "The World's Water Crisis, Explained" I was really intrigued by the discussion of the price of water and the complexity of putting a price tag on such an essential natural resource. I believe that it is and should be a critical human right to have access to clean drinking water and a safe supply of water for sanitary purposes. I don't think that individuals should pay for this basic necessity as this could lead to massive disparities especially among those of lower income, however I do think that it is important that individuals don't take advantage of water. My vision for the future is a world where individuals use water mindfully and where bigger corporations are held responsible financially for water consumption.
As far as interventions go, I think that it would be helpful to put a price on the water consumption of companies and corporations through policy changes. In the episode of Explained that I watched, one of the women being interviewed mentioned something along the lines of 'if we put a price on water, we won't be building farms in the desert'. I really liked this idea of harnessing the ecological services around us in a way that is smart and in turn reducing the amount of additional natural resources and damage that is needed for a specific farm or business to function. I hope that going forward more of the world, even those of us who may feel "water rich" will take more time to consider the true value of the water we are so fortunate to have flowing through our taps.