You read that right! I’m not talking about the developing world. I’m talking about the US, where some people struggle to pay their water bills. I think water should be accessible to everyone.
“From 2010 to 2018, water bills in the US increased on average by 27%.”
This was noted by the British newspaper The Guardian in 2020.
In Austin, Texas, the annual cost for water in 2010 was $566, while in 2018 it was $1,435—an increase of 154%.
We can’t live without water! Without that essential resource, we’re screwed.
The government should fight for this right. Instead, water is becoming a luxury.
This is unacceptable. I am a successful Italian entrepreneur, and if I found out that one of my collaborators had to spend a lot of money to buy water, I would be very angry.
READ THESE PRICES AND CRY
Bottled water is another big problem.
Look at these numbers.
At a neighborhood store in New York, a small bottle of Evian costs $3.50.
A bottle of “cheap” water in Los Angeles costs $1.50.
In Italy (and this is why I love my country), we have fairer prices for water:
“In Naples with €0.20, you can buy a half-liter bottle at the supermarket, €0.25 in Milan.”
Are we lucky? No, it’s just a fair price.
In the United States, the cost of water is insane.
If this continues, it will be a big mess. Maybe it already is. You might be able to buy water, but it’s still a crazy expense for an average family.
The Guardian revealed another fact:
In these two years of crisis, federal aid for public water utilities has dropped dramatically. The result?
In 2020, clean water reached only 87% of American homes.
Families should never have to worry about accessing water.
WATER IS A RIGHT
Here’s an example. Think about how important it is to be a free person, to have no one stop you from doing what you want (within reason, of course).
Then imagine that today you’re told that to do everything you want, you have to pay. If you go a few miles from home, you have to pay a dollar. If you take a vacation far away, you have to pay several dollars.
That would be bullshit, right?
Well, water is a right. The United Nations (UN) says so.
“They approved that basic human rights also include having access to water and sanitation.”
Charging for water at home is like making a person pay for freedom.
Of course, water services need money for maintenance.
However, you already pay taxes. That money could be used to maintain the water supply and sewage systems. But instead…
“The Congressional Budget Office recorded a 77% reduction in federal funding to water systems from 1956 to 2017.”
So, local public services have been given the task of raising the necessary funds to improve the infrastructure.
BOOM! Another low blow for the citizens…
IF YOU DON’T PAY, YOU DON’T GET WATER!
I just made myself a very good cup of coffee. I recommend that you do the same, as coffee and reading are a good combination.
I had to use water to prepare it. Water is necessary for everything.
Here is what Emilio Molinari, President of the Italian section of the World Water Contract, said:
“In the United States, those who can’t afford [the] water tax will lose the right to have it at home, since the water supply can be interrupted.”
I know this is nothing new to you, but it sounds like science fiction to me. People can’t be left without this essential resource.
The World Health Organization (WHO) believes that at least 50 liters per day per person should be free.
“Water will be increasingly accessible only to the rich or the super-poor because they are followed by social services or third sector companies,” says Molinari.
I’m sticking with my country as an example because it has an admirable system for handling water.
In Milan, the cost of tap water is around €0.10 per cubic meter.
That means 10,000 bottles of water can be purchased for just €0.10.
In Italy, home water is not free, but almost. In cities, the price of water varies, but there are limits.
In Italy, all water service managers must follow the requirements of the Regulatory Authority for Energy, Networks, and the Environment.
It imposes a reduced rate calculated based on 90 liters per person per day.
America’s water policy is faulty. People shouldn’t have to count every drop that comes out of the faucet or shower to avoid insane bills.
Water should be almost free and provided to everyone without distinction. The state should help those who cannot afford it.
I know, it sounds like a fairy tale. But I am a dreamer and I’m sure that this is what the future holds, even for America.
Oh, I almost forgot; this is me.
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Nico Nobili — Alias SirNickNite
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