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Infrastructure - A Vision for Water Severe flooding in many areas in the last few years and more frequent and severe windstorms are signs to most of what scientists have been warning us of – climate change.  Both heavier rainfall and drought could affect our food supply in the future. Cities and urban areas with high water tables or buildings on flood plains are already experiencing frequent problems with basement flooding, but this is treated as collateral damage by capitalism which has no interest in human misery. It will take commitment and planning to ensure that our water supplies meet our requirements for agricultural, industrial and domestic use. However, we have the engineering know-how, scientific resources and ability to expand and revive the necessary infrastructure.  British engineers have learned from experience and from their pioneering forefathers that the key to good design is the use of the water cycle to integrate water supplies, drainage, waste treatment and reuse of water. Geographical and geological knowledge can be used to devise ways of storing water in periods of excessive rain to use later in periods of drought and to share with dry areas using the rivers, canals and underground aquifers. Good planning can insure the needs of
different waters users can be met without a conflict of interest. The main problem we face with our water supply is political.  The privatisation of water utilities has resulted in our assets being owned by foreign multinationals whose plans have nothing to do with our future needs as a nation and everything to do with maximising their profits.  For British workers the privatised water system is wasteful and does not meet the changing needs of the country. It’s our country, our water, our people; we must recover our assets and release our potential.   Download the full article
Links Water privatisation has failed both nationally and internationally. Here are two articles from the Public Services International Research Unit The private sector in water in 2009 Pipe dreams: The failure of the private sector to invest in water services in developing countries