Water Wars

It's been said that in the past wars were fought over oil but in the future wars will be fought over water. One can go for weeks without food but one can only go for a matter of days without fresh water.

I don't know about you but I always thought that there were certain things that weren't for sale. Things like air, sunshine and... water.


But what is happening is that people are using monopolization tactics to control our most precious resource, water. Not only have corporations polluted our water, corporations like Shell, Chevron and BP but now they are buying it up, monopolizing it and selling it back to us in the form of bottled or municipal water. This is how it works...by the way you might start recognizing a pattern here.


  • A large corporation buys up a large piece of land that has water rights on it.


  • They confiscate all the water thereby removing it from the public domain.


  • They sell it back to the public in the form of bottled water or municipal water at exorbitant prices.


  • They use their wealth to lobby against personal water collection in the form of wells and rainwater collection. Yes, in some areas of the country it is illegal to collect rainwater on your own property!


  • In some cases they completely take over and privatize a towns entire utility eventually raising the prices and lowering the quality because of lack of competition.


One such corporation that has done this is Nestles. They lease the land near Stanwood, Michigan for $100 dollars a year and remove thousands of gallons of water reselling it in the form of bottled water. Not only does this deprive the people of water but it also contributes to the colossal amount of plastic bottles gathered in the middle of the Pacific Ocean which is larger than the size of the state of Texas! Bottled water helps to pollute the ocean and also harms wildlife, but the real tragedy is that it is totally useless. Study after study has shown that bottled water is no better than just plain tap water. Yet we keep buying it.


I can't stress to you hot important water is. Water is life, energy, health and vitality. If you have water on your land you can harness it for energy, drink it, bath in it, harness it for hydro-power and use it to water animals and plants. In other words you can live. If you have no water or poisoned water you will die. Having water on an off-grid property is EVERYTHING! Having water on your land means that you can be truly self-sufficient. Property without water is useless. Furthermore, If we allow these corporations or the government (same thing really) to control something like rainwater, we have lost the fight already.


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FCEtier 6 years ago from Cold Mountain

There's hope! Recent court decisions reversed the situation where companies could patent genes. Maybe something similar will happen with this issue.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Boy, that is hopeful...do you have any links on that?


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American Romance 6 years ago from America

Brie, I have a water well on my property! do you think I could sell bottled water and make some cash? LOL,


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A M Werner 6 years ago from West Allis

Newsweek recently did a piece on this. (October 2010). My father has an artesian spring and he looked into the possibility of bottling and selling at least ten years back, but it proved to be a very costly endeavor, lots of regulations to prevent a simple man from starting something small. Only the big companies can really pull it off. Peace.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

American Romance, I kind of believe in just doing things and ignoring the regulations but that can be rather dangerous :)


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BDazzler 6 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

Kind of screws up the old sayings "Free as air" and "Right as rain"


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BDazzler 6 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

(Hit button twice, sorry)


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

No problem, :) Pretty soon they will be selling air too!


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BDazzler 6 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

You mean like taxing CO2, a natural byproduct of breathing?


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

I knew you'd catch that!


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VizFact 6 years ago from Houston, TX

What will they think of next...


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

I don't know, it does make me wonder about what is going on that I don't know about.

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