When considering life necessities, water comes to the front of mind. The volume of water I consume due to the goods and services available to me are tenfold larger than those who are more significantly affected by the water crisis. The easy access and the low cost of water colors it as an infinite source. The cost, the lack of scarcity, local policies, and the infrastructure in place all contribute to this false reality. These factors are also the same conditions that have created the water crisis in less fortunate areas.
My vision for the future would be to recycle water. This aligns with my value of sustaining all communities with clean water for the long term, which requires a sense of urgency and political willingness to accomplish. To achieve the vision, my call to action/intervention is to call for policies to implement a water credit system for all producers. This idea comes from a previously lecture where bonds were sold to fishers to limit the consumption of a specific fish.
The specifics of a water credit system should consider the following:
- The cost of the credit should reflect the true value of water on a global scale. If a way to recycle or reduce water usage was universally accepted than the cost per water credit should decrease.
- The quantity of water used will determine the cost.
- This policy will not discount any bonds or water credits for the use of recycled water to prevent contained loopholes.
- The cost per water credit increases with the amount of water credits purchased.
Open to ideas about what a water credit system should also include!