PLSC 389Z Lecture 28: water notes

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Binghamton University
Political Science
David Cingranelli

Tragedy od the commons- genert propsed privatizing land could be a solution to prevent overfarming. Privitizsing water Water wa sconsidered by native americans as a natural property meant for all to share. Leaders would typically lend these lands to the native sprovided that they take wahast was needed National parks are under the control of the federal government for ther resources. That would include water The Binghamton resevior is a state controlled area for water to be used. It used eminent domain to puproot people from their homes. UN estimanted 40-50 usa states will eventually see water scarcity. Large cuase for africanm igration. Israel Water appears in Hebrew bible nearly 600 times. Water is not only a necessity but a cultural key to survival. Israel is the only couintr in the mmmiddle east with a surplus of water despite it being nowhere near any major river. Israel has no subisides. When you have to pay for water, you will be more careful of it. Leaky pipes is among the cuases for wasted waters, but it Israel has developed detectors for leaey pipes. Agriculture has changed; it uses drip irrigation, reclyxling sewage, desalination plants are numbered at 5-privdes 80 percent of household ewater. Israel also has a “no-waste” attitude towards its resources. It is in a dessert afterall. USA: slightly different attiude Senator James Lankford; republican from oaklahoma- gave out in 2016 his report on government waste. $247 billion in wasteful and inefficient federal spending and regulations. Even insprots, instant gratification is a problem-speaking as a baseball fan. Chairman of nestle, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, believes that “access to water is not a public right From 1930’s-1960’s: the government handled water failry average and at times irresponsibly. It was not until the 60’s that pollueters were attacked., By then the public feklt the government had failed. A French company cllaed peruit started selling privatized sparking l\water to yuppies in cities. • Food and Water Watch • • Privatization is irresponsible. By privatizing water and sewer systems, local government officials abdicate control over a vital public resource. • Privatization limits public accountability. Multinational water corporations are primarily accountable to their stockholders, not to the people they serve. Privately ownede water costs 59% more.c As of 2011, over three quarters of US local governments surveyed by the ICMA ( International City/County Management Association ) provide water distribution entirely with public employees. Over two thirds of municipalities provide water treatment publicly, and over half provide sewage collection and treatment publicly. These rates have remained relatively stable over time Mike Maciag |of government suggested that public water workers suffer greate rinjury than private water. On August 26, 2011, the City of Indianapolis transferred its water and waste water systems to a non- profit charitable trust known as Citizens Energy Group, for more than $1.9 billion. Under the terms of the transfer, the City transferred all of the debt of those two systems to Citizens and received more than $500 million, which the City has used to fund upgrades to transportation infrastructure, improvements to city parks, and removal of abandoned homes. According to the Detroit Free Press, The sprawling water system (Detroit's), with more than 4 million customers and annual revenues of more than $800 million, stretches from Lake Huron in north eastern Michigan to the town of Ypsilanti Michigan, a Detroit suburb to the south west of Detroit. This sprawling water system has provided a "flash point between the city and the suburbs because Detroit owns the system although about three-quarters of the customers now live in the suburbs." Also according to the Detroit Free Press, suburban leaders have long criticized the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department for its annual rate increases and what many considered questionable contracting practices. Due to the horse trading, shoddy contracting practices, and other forms of corruption this Detroit case may be a [31] good example of government failure in the water system arena. [update] As of 24 June 2014 , the Detroit Water and
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