I was watching a geographic channel thing over the weekend. There was a very scary thing on about corporations buying water rights world wide. This needs to be looked into and worldwide conservation methods put into effect. There are also actions currently in the UN that keep the rights to the water to the people that live on the land, which needs to be supported.
Imagine if you will
That your community, by whatever means or for whatever reason, is dependant on say Lake Superior for their water needs. Laundry, cooking, cleaning, drinking, whatever people normally use water for. Then for some reason, economic hard times, whatever, the community decides to sell the water rights to some fast talking, rose colored super-corporation. Not to worry, they will hook up pipes (and a meter) to your house and provide purified water for a reasonable fee. Or you can run out and buy their bottled water for 10 times the price of the water piped to your house. Dont think that you can just stick a barrel out in your yard and collect your own rain water. That would be infringing on their rights, and you would be stealing their product. And yes they will shoot you for it, just ask the people in Bolivia. Ask yourself, why are there military bases on the land next to the reservoirs that the companies had to build.
Now the person paying for the water will have to decide when and who uses the limited supply. They will take their supply tokens with them wherever they go. So they cant be stolen, or wasted, or even used by some un-authorized person. They may leave their children at home without tokens, like when they have to go to work. The children will not have water for laundry, or cooking, or drinking and most important they will not have water to fight the fire. The neighbors who happen to be home at the time, either cant pay for the water, or will not. The fire would burn the house to the ground. (yes this has happened. The children that were home died in the fire)
Eventually the water corporation will leave, when the lake has become a dried up mud hole, or the area has become to contaminated from industrial by-products. The water that once provided for whole eco-systems has long since been shipped to dry spots all over the world, no longer recycling back into the system of the area. The area that was dry is still dry being unable to hold the water and a new dry area has emerged.