Imagine going for a walk in the park with your family, your child runs up to the water fountain and presses the button for some a bit of refreshment. Nothing comes out. At first she’s confused, but sees the coin slot/card swipe that will sell you 15 second of flowing water for just 50 cents. You as a loving dad, pull out your card and swipe it so she can have a drink. Think this image is impossible? Do you imagine this to be something only a mad man would think of, to deprive humans of the right to water? Unfortunately there are interests buying up rights to all clean water sources. People like oil baron, T. Boone Pickens and Nestle chairman, Peter Brabeck see water as a commodity like any other, not a right. The Nestle chairman explains his stance in light of his goal to treat water as a foodstuff and the outrage his views have caused:
“The fact is they [activists] are talking first of all only about the smallest part of the water usage,” he says.