Water Water Everywhere Case Study

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WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE Prepared for Prepared by Water makes up almost 70 (seventy) percent of the human body and without it, it has been said that the body cannot be sustained and would therefore perish. Every nutrition class or article that I have ever read, has always touted water as the “elixir of life”. In my humble opinion that makes water a basic necessity for the sustainment of life and the access to free water a basic right for all people. However, if the water was on pre-owned property then it would not be considered free. “As the world’s water supply dwindles, communities in the United States and all over the world are organizing to take public control of their water systems and defend their human right to safe, affordable…show more content…
Large corporations, like Nestle, should not be allowed to claim natural resources, then turn around and charge the nation’s citizens to have that same resource that was previously free to all. However, if I were to view this through a Utilitarian’s eyes, I would probably side with Nestle as did some of the elected officials of the affected communities, seeing that the sale of water would promote the greater good of many of these communities and that money and jobs promised would promote social well being and happiness among the citizens of the community. Unfortunately for those so gullible to Nestlé’s promises they have found that they were not dealt with fairly and that Nestle did not inform them of the subtle specifics of their contracts. "(Water bottling) companies don't bring many jobs and often get tax breaks so there is no tax return to the local community and the profits go out of the community," said Peter Gleick, president of the independent Pacific Institute, based in Oakland, California.” “The Sierra Club intends to use its clout as a shareholder to demand a reform of Nestlé's practices and make Nestlé acquire "full and informed consent" from local communities where water is being bottled” (Eli Clifton, 2007). Assessing this from a Rawlsian standpoint of people in the “original position” agreeing on principles based on mutual self interest under the conditions of equality and free choice, where all is agreed upon

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