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Author Karen Piper traces the political connections among governments, corporate interests, and organizations such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund to show that changing control of clean water from national or municipal governments to private companies who then treat it as a commodity that can be bought and sold to profit those in power has become a global problem In nations where access to clean water has been privatized, the inequity of those who can actually receive water is astounding Piper reveals that in 2001, five water companies Suez, Veolia, Saur, Agbar, and Thames controlled 73% of the world s privatized water, or water supplies managed by a multinational corporation for the purpose of making profit.Piper looks at the history of water inequity and the role of a global water elite as stemming from European colonialism, a view that is rarely presented in the literature She talks about the World Water Forum and its exclusivity, vetting out any persons or organizations that do not share its aims.The author gives this example of privatization In 1989, for instance, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher privatized the British water supplier Thames Water actually selling the water supply infrastructure including property, plants, and equipment on the open market The company was then acquired first by German RWE and next by Macquarie of Australia, a global banking and investment firm Today, China owns nine perceont of Thames Water, and another ten percent is owned by Abu Dhabi This is just one instance of the buying and selling of private water companies the average customer has no idea who is in control of the water being used for cooking and drinking It gets evencomplex when we look at the investment firms involved The interested reader should read widely about what is happening regarding our access to water Karen Piper does an outstanding job in explaining this one aspect of the problem If the crash in access to clean water becomes global, including even the United States as well it might for various shocking reasons, it would be helpful ifof us were paying attention before that happens Unfortunately, this book from the get go has a biased word choice, and is trying to rouse emotions against big capital and elites who must have an obvious odious agenda, instead of just giving the facts and letting me decide for myself.Because of this tone of voice, I doubt the truth of what is written After all, when one is biased like this one tends to paint one party too devilish, and the other too saintly Sorry I wasted money on this I wanted the facts.I advice to read Fred Pearce s When the rivers run dry I m lucky I live in the civilised part of the world where I can go to the tap and get as much water as I need What happens if there s a burst water main and the supply has to be cut off We panic Drought or even the threat of a drought has us up in arms and stocking up on buckets, and peering over neighbours fences to see who s watering their garden during a Water Ban We take it so much for granted Imagine, if you will, that you live in a part of the world where water is so scarce that you have to walk miles to a well and carry back one container which has to last for a full day This book is very well researched although I now live in the UK, I had forgotten that Margaret Thatcher privatised Thames Water way back in 1989, then sold off all the infrastructure Since then, the company has been bought and sold and merged and sold again until it is unrecognisable Did you know that it provides water not only to England, but Indonesia, China, Turkey, Thailand, and Australia Karen Piper travels to far flung places to discover for herself what happens when greedy corporations buy the water supply and turn off the taps for those who are cannot pay She tells us about Tulare Lake in California where the lake has been reclaimed it hasn t It has been drained and the resulting dust bowl spews forth deadly dust storms You will learn about Water Banks prevalent in the USA in the west, and the 100% privatisation of water in Chile and the effect it has had on the poorest residents It is hard to believe that something we get free from nature should become the subject of so much manipulation and corruption This is one of the few commodities about which it can be said it is not a privilege but a right and should never, ever, have become owned by greedy men who drinkchampagne than water This is scary stuff a book full of alarming stories we should be afraid for our future Thank you to Net Galley who provided a free download for me to read and review My review is completely impartial. This is another expose of a David and Goliath struggle between the World Bank and IMF and its corporate beneficiaries, and the emerging global movement to make water a human right When water is defined as a commodity, profits can be made and people go thirsty, get sick and die When countries and communities unite to codify water as a necessity for life and is the right of all people, then we have much better health outcomes and less unrest The author tells stories of real people and communities in every part of the world, and exposes the goals of the World Water Forum dominated by huge for profit companies I was especially interested in the story of water in CA and in Iraq though it covers India, Chile, South Africa and Egypt She makes a strong case for the coming chaos no mention was made of fresh water being poisoned by the millions of gallons by so much fracking The future does look bleak..Its the water, stupid Or its the climate, stupid It doesn t matter water and climate refugees will bethan civilized society can handle and the chaos is closer than most people understand..Well written I read one chapter at a time and let it sink in. There are over 50 pages of footnotes. It was sad to find out how many people are dying suffering to due the corporate take over of water systems and because of our profit over people economic system mentality Very informative though. I stopped reading this book after several of the opening chapters Water is a basic need for all life on earth, in future wars will be fought over clean potable water supplies as the world s population will continue to soar into the mid 21st century This book seemed to beconcerned about the privatisation of water utilities in economically advanced countries and descended into a diatribe against private ownership and profit We might have the luxury of this debate, but the 3rd world doesn t.I read a review copy supplied by the publisher. |Kindle ⚖ The Price of Thirst ♲ There S Money In Thirst, Reads A Headline In The New York Times The CEO Of Nestl , Purveyor Of Bottled Water, Heartily Agrees It Is Important To Give Water A Market Value, He Says In A Promotional Video, So We Re All Aware That It Has A Price But For Those Who Have No Access To Clean Water, A Fifth Of The World S Population, The Price Is Thirst This Is The Frightening Landscape That Karen Piper Conducts Us Through In The Price Of Thirst One Where Thirst Is Political, Drought Is A Business Opportunity, And And Of Our Most Necessary Natural Resource Is Controlled By Multinational CorporationsIn Visits To The Hot Spots Of Water Scarcity And The Hotshots In Water Finance, Piper Shows Us What Happens When Global Businesses With Mafia Like Powers Buy Up The Water Supply And Turn Off The Taps Of People Who Cannot Pay Border Disputes Between Iraq And Turkey, A Revolution Of The Thirsty In Egypt, Street Fights In Greece, An Apartheid Of Water Rights In South Africa The Price Of Thirst Takes Us To Chile, The First Nation To PrivatizePercent Of Its Water Supplies, Creating A Crushing Monopoly Instead Of A Thriving Free Market In Water To New Delhi, Where The Sacred Waters Of The Ganges Are Being Diverted To A Private Water Treatment Plant, Fomenting Unrest And To Iraq, Where The US Mandated Privatization Of Water Resources Destroyed By Our Military Is Further Destabilizing The Volatile Region And In Our Own Backyard, Where These Same Corporations Are Quietly Buying Up Water Supplies, Piper Reveals How Water Banking Is Drying Up California Farms In Favor Of Urban Sprawl And Private TownsThe Product Of Seven Years Of Investigation Across Six Continents And A Dozen Countries, And Scores Of Interviews With CEOs, Activists, Environmentalists, And Climate Change Specialists, The Price Of Thirst Paints A Harrowing Picture Of A World Out Of Balance, With The Distance Between The Haves And Have Nots Of Water Inexorably Widening And The Coming Crisis Moving Ever Closer So, I really wanted this book to give me the facts how is the global water supply in crisis, and how might we fix it Maybe the book eventually gets there, but I wouldn t know because I couldn t force myself past the introductory chapter The author has such a strong personal opinion against anything associated with corporations and capitalism that she is quick to write off potential approaches to the clean water problem such as World Bank development funding with no explanation, when really I would have enjoyed abalanced account with pros and cons That and her very shaky grasp of basic economic principles which left me rolling my eyes every few sentences quickly made me realize that this book was not worth my time. An eye opening book on what we have done to ourselves in a quest for profit and convenience This book features 1 2 countries in each region of the world to show what has been done in recent history in the name of privatizing, controlling, and or redistributing water It s a wrenching account of what we ve ended up destroying and untold lives that have been negatively impacted as a result One big difference between this book and others in the same field is its focus on the role that government and quasi governmental entities have played, as opposed to corporations It s an important read. I enjoyed learning about the political intricacies that drive the provision and use of water But something that I felt was sorely missing from the book is a recognition of population growth and the effects this has on water use More peopleproblems, yet this wasn t mentioned and all the water problems were blamed solely on the private companies I thought there was a need for greater balance in the writing.