Water is precious

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 18 July, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 18 July, 2009, 12:00am

I saw the movie Flow on the internet and I thought it was really scary.

The film shows how companies just put any water they like into bottles and then sell it to the public with false advertising. How do we know what we're getting is pure water?

The movie also showed how poor people are struggling to get access to clean water. Hundreds of thousands of people are dying every year because the water they drink is dirty. I think this is a terrible problem, and we should be doing much more to combat it.

It seems to me that things in this world are just getting worse and worse by the day. For all our technology and intelligence we seem to be making a huge mess of things, and rather than fixing it we are just letting the situation deteriorate.

Calvin Chan, Kwun Tong

From the Editor

Thanks for your letter, Calvin. It's good to see people taking the initiative to find out about these issues. One of the biggest evils perpetrated on poor people is the 'privatisation' of essential services such as water, health and power.

Once an essential service is treated as a commodity, companies running those services will do what they can to cut costs. This often means either forcing people who cannot afford it to pay for those services, or not establishing those services in the first place.

Laying water pipes and treating water for human consumption is a costly business and private companies are not charities. They want profits. Having to pay for essential services, such as water, often means people will go without it or drink dirty water simply because they cannot afford any better.

Susan, Editor