Wa­ter, a hu­man right

The Compass - - OPINION -

Dear ed­i­tor,

Sun­day, March 22 is World Wa­ter Day.

A bil­lion peo­ple around the world lack ac­cess to a re­li­able wa­ter sup­ply.

Some say wa­ter will be the new oil. We need to pro­tect our wa­ter sup­ply. We must pro- mote pub­lic wa­ter and waste wa­ter sys­tems — not pri­va­ti­za­tion. We need a na­tional pol­icy that out­laws bulk ex­ports, sets na­tional drink­ing wa­ter stan­dards and in­creases fund­ing to main­tain and ex­pand wa­ter sys­tems.

I call on lo­cal gov­ern­ments to sup­port pub­licly de­liv­ered wa­ter and waste­water ser­vices and rec­og­nize wa­ter as a hu­man right.

I com­mend ef­forts by PEI’s pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment to ban bot­tled wa­ter within gov­ern­ment fa­cil­i­ties. I chal­lenge you to de­clare your work­place a bot- tled wa­ter-free zone. Stop us­ing bot­tled wa­ter at pub­lic events and in­stead use and pro­mote pub­lic wa­ter.

Use it or lose it.

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