This does just amaze. Where do people come up with such astonishing ideas?
Improve water supply in poorer nations to cut plastic use, say experts
If you could trust the public water supply then you’d not have to – you may, but not have to – buy bottled water. As someone who has lived in places where you can’t trust that local supply this makes rather a lot of sense:
Focusing on improving the water supply in developing nations could be a powerful way to fight the scourge of plastic waste in the oceans, experts have said, highlighting that the issue has received little attention.
People in developing countries, and many middle-income countries, often rely on plastic bottles of water as their piped water supply can be contaminated or unsafe, or perceived as such.
Hundreds of billions of plastic water bottles are produced each year. In rich countries, they are a thoughtless luxury, but in many poor and emerging economies people have few alternatives.
“It is an issue, as the water supply system has problems with water quality in many countries,” said Brajesh Dubey, professor of civil engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, co-author of a new “blue paper” on the problem of plastic waste in the oceans.
“The obvious solution is building a safe water supply infrastructure which ensures quality supply.”
Hey, sounds sensible enough.
So, what needs to be done about this? How to make it happen that is?
Well, the sorts of places we’re talking about – the truly poor places don’t use bottled water either, they just get to die of the shits – are at about the same level of income or wealth as we were when we piped the cities. Two or three thousand current dollars per year per person as GDP. That’s about where we were in those early Victorian days when the great municipal contracts were undertaken. The technology exists, the financing is available – at lower interest rates than our own forbears paid too.
So, what’s missing? Ah, yes, honest governance. Because that is the only part that’s missing. So, to get the parasites out of the water supply get the parasites out of office. Works for me.