Sarah and Gwen: the Two-Headed Monster

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Friday, January 21, 2005

Why does Local Ownership of Water Matter?

A lot of people in Lexington don't care about who owns the water company. Water is water right? When you turn on the tap it flows. As long as it works there is no need to fix it, right?

NOT right! In fact it is dead wrong. Less than 2% of the world's water is drinkable. Industrial pollutants reduce that amount a fraction of a percentage point every year. There is speculation that within your lifetime water is going to trade the way oil does in the marketplace. Much of the water we drink today comes off the shelf in a supermarket rather than out of the tap in our kitchen sinks. Think about it. " Who owns the water?" may be the most important question of our generation.


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