Water policies and globalization
Hall, Millard W.
Dzurik, Andrew A.
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Earth’s water managers live constantly with inadequate policy directives; most water policy having been formulated years ago, to serve in situations that no longer exist. Policy makers today prefer directing their attention to sexier, more immediate problems than water, despite constant warnings about expanding threats to the planet’s waters. Historically, water policy changes, at any level of government, come slowly. Water managers own a significant share of the fault for this situation. They know, more than any other group, what is needed to protect waters, but for the most part they keep it to themselves. Such policy related threats to water supplies as population growth, urbanization, climate change, and new water borne pollutants are mounting, as the new century wears on. Yet water managers continue to talk only with one another, most often about technology, rather than enter the political fray where policy is made. Now, water managers everywhere face an issue, already of concern to many of them, which will require of them a most active participation in political affairs. This issue, the privatization of water supplies, is being exacerbated by another matter; globalization, which itself is causing great disquiet among many of the world’s citizens, including water managers. Both privatization and globalization are issues that need to be addressed immediately, at many levels of government, by significant changes in state, national and global water policy.