Demand for water is rising fast. With supply remaining constant, growth in demand can be met either by exploiting new sources of supply or by improving existing delivery systems. Either option demands massive investment – particularly in the South.
Control of water has long been viewed as the preserve of the state, with access to water considered a basic human right. However, pressure for fresh investment coincides with severe limits placed on public spending and the emergence of the new world ethos of privatisation and globalisation.
The private sector is likely to be critical in meeting the challenge of getting clean water to those who need it. This report looks at how citizens will have to remain watchful that the private sector does not undervalue or entirely disregard their right to such a vital resource.