2.6 billion people in the world do not have access to any igenical or sewer system. One sixth of the world population uses water from wells contaminated by human or animal fecal bacteria. About one half of the population of poor countries suffers from contaminated water related deseases. Every six seconds a child dies of diarhea.
According to a report by Marinella Correggia of the Italian independent newspaper Il Manifesto www.ilmanifesto.it scholars currently meeting in Kuala Lampur for the Asian Pacific Regional Water Conference say that by the year 2050 about 2 billion people will not have acess to any clean water to drink (unless they buy it bottled).
Meanwhile the struggle for the "blue gold" is as harsh as it can be. Privatizing it is like charging people to breath the air. Yet this is happening at incredible pace worldwide.Quite a number of the current international catastrophic wars, including the South Sudan and Darfour ones are connected directly or indirectly with plunder of water. Not only the sources of the Nile, but tremendously rich subterranian (for the moment) uncontaminated reservoirs.