Topics: Water, Water resources, Water management Pages: 4 (1348 words) Published: March 12, 2013
Running head: Should water be sold as a product or it is a human right that cannot be sold

Water as the commodity
Bakai Raiymkan uulu
KIMEP University, Almaty


1. Introduction
A. Water is necessary for a wide range of human activities. B. Water is a finite resource.
C. Water is distributed unequally among the nations.
Thesis Statement: While some see the positive sides to considering water as a commodity, others foresee the negative effects that such idea will bring about. 2. Body
A. Water does not differ from any other natural resources such as oil, gas and coal. B. Considering water as a commodity will eliminate water wasting C. Water privatization will lead to improvement of sanitation. D. Water is a fundamental human right which cannot be sold, bought or traded. E. Trading water as a commodity will lead to increasing prices. F. Privatization could lead to overexploitation of water resources. 3. Conclusion

To sum up, the two possible scenarios of considering water as a commodity were presented. This issue is not solved yet and debates continue. My point of view is that water should be sold as a commodity because of the arguments presented above and because countries rich for water resources are poor for resources such as oil and gas which are traded at the market at high prices and this makes a disbalance in economic growth. I am rather satisfied with the conducted research and I learned a lot from it.

Water is vital. People’s bodies consist of more than 70 percent of water and they feel thirsty after losing only 1 percent of it and when the loss approaches 5 percent people’s lives are in danger. Rapid industrialization and increasing agricultural use have contributed to worldwide water shortages. Water is necessary for survival and it is the basis for all life. This is what makes the world’s water supply decline in crisis. Water is a finite resource. According to the statistics,...

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