The Chairman of Nestle says, "access to water is not a public right."

I was at the Arlanda airport in Sweden recently, and a man sitting next to me complained about the price of bottled water. I responded, "why don't you just go around the corner and get the Swedish tap water for free?" He looked at me with dread on his face. I informed him about what I know regarding bottled water and what he was buying. His face turned to surprise as he admitted his laziness and lack of knowledge about the hard-core facts of bottled water. "Thank you," he said, "I will use this bottle to fill up before I board." 

In Sweden, we take clean water for granted. Yes, we hold a glass under the tap and drink. Fresh and lovely right? We wash our hands freely. Hot water automatically flows. Now more than ever, we need to wake up and play our part for clean water everywhere. 

The Director-general of WHO says, "Safe Water, sanitation, and hygiene at home should not be a privilege of only those who are rich or live in urban centers. These are some of the most basic requirements for human health, and all countries have a responsibility to ensure that everyone can access them." Do you agree?

The Chairman of Nestle', which is the largest producer of food products in the world and a significant player in the bottled water industry, says that "access to water is not a public right"; nor a "human right," and therefore calls for the privatization of water. (The Privatisation of Water: Nestlé Denies, that water is a Fundamental Human Right, Centre for Research on Globalisation, August 29, 2016). 

More people are dying in the world from unsafe water than from all forms of violence, including wars. We are taking for granted our rivers and other water bodies, not caring for them enough, which puts the availability of fresh water at risk. Nature gives water to us free of cost; buying and selling it for profit violates our inherent right to nature's gift. Nestle' is quite possibly one of the world's most corrupt corporations. They have unethical business practices, participate in human trafficking and child labor, and exploit uneducated mothers in third world countries. 

Why is the World Bank advocating for the privatization of water when there is overwhelming evidence of such schemes turning out to be severe disasters worldwide? Is it not time for us to wake up and ask such questions? Is it not time for us to have a say in the future of the world's — and our own — freshwater supply? Are we going to let private corporations, which are most responsible for polluting the world's water supply, now take full control of it? Can we not see why that is such a terrible idea?

As individuals, we can take responsibility for our local water supplies instead of allowing privatization of water by companies such as Nestle', which is in politicians' pockets. Let's pressure our respective governments to take responsibility for our national water supplies. And as human beings, cooperate to ensure that access to safe drinking water is a priority above all. Despite what some may say, water is, indeed, a "public and human right" and the most important one.

ChambresSweden has a passion for crystal clean water. It's in our logo and attitude. Stay aware of where your precious time and energy go. Let's come together and demand that Nestlé return control over five of their most controversial water sources to local communities. 

Nestlé has made billions of dollars bottling and selling public water, hurting ecosystems and communities in the process. Sign the petition now to demand that Nestlé return five of its most controversial water sources to their rightful owners: the people. #WaterIsLife

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  • Susan Smith

    We love Morocco too! What a wonderful discovery about the smell disappearing after the sunbath. We love that fresh clean smell of nature. Thank you for posting your comment. Susan

  • Ahu Smith

    I love this blog. At one time I was living in Morocco in the desert and the only soap available had scent in it. I was surprised when I hung my clothes out to dry in the Sahara sun that the smell was completely gone. And fortunately those bugs too.

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