Privatizing water services has been controversial and harmful in today’s talk. The concept involves the transfer of ownership and control of water supply and management from the public sector to private corporations. It has been touted as a solution to the problem of inadequate water access but has far-reaching and lasting consequences.
The main result of privatization is that it frequently raises consumer water prices. This is especially true in developing nations with little regulation and competition. Due to this, many communities cannot pay for water, endangering the health and safety of millions of people worldwide.
The decrease in investment in water infrastructure is another unfavorable consequence of privatization. Private businesses are more focused on making quick money than long-term investments in water infrastructure. Underinvestment in water infrastructure is frequently accompanied by water scarcity, poor water quality, and poor waste treatment.
Overuse of water resources by private enterprises is a factor in water scarcity, deteriorating water quality, and harm to aquatic ecosystems. They are not focused on protecting the environment. They exist for profit.
FreeWater’s mission is to fill in access gaps resulting from the privatization of water services. We can do this in 2 ways:
1. Sourcing from natural springs
Our water comes directly from natural springs all over the USA. We are committed to bypassing the consequences of sourcing water from brands that are actively contributing to the destruction of our planet.
2. Building wells in developing countries
We are partnered with WellAware, a local Austin nonprofit fighting the consequences of water service privatization. This relationship has allowed us to donate ten cents per beverage to building wells in East Africa. Since our partnership, we’ve helped build 2 wells in East Africa, helping over 500 individuals access safe and clean water. We must step back and evaluate the consequences of water service privatization. That’s why we are careful to extract clean spring water to avoid the inevitable shortcomings of privatization and partner with nonprofits to revolutionize the possibilities for change.