Clean, Safe Water For Two Cents A Day; Not Bad, Not Happening

MIAMI— Here is the problem: at least 1 billion people in the world do not have clean drinking water readily at hand—nearly one-seventh of all the people on earth. These people often burn up a lot of the work day simply lugging water. Kids get pushed into carrying the family’s water and lose time at [...]

In Bangladesh A Crippling Poison Troubles The Waters

WASHINGTON—Bangladesh, one of the poorest countries on earth, is a tough place to get a drink of water you can trust.
The country, surrounded by India and overlooking the Bay of Bengal, is laced with rivers and dotted with lakes and ponds. But most of the water is polluted.
One particular kind of pollution [...]

Never Mind Debate On Human Rights, Just Make Water Flow

SAINT LEO, Fla.—Human rights and water. For years people have been arguing over the topic. Access to clean drinking water is a basic human right.  Or it is not. Or, it may be a human right, but recognizing it as such would impose requirements that some governments reject.
Here at Saint Leo [...]

Battle of the Bottles, Steel Angers Plastic; Litigation Commences

MIAMI – To hear Tom Lauria tell it, he and his people in the bottled water business were just fed up.
A North Carolina company that sells stainless steel canteens as an alternative to buying water in plastic bottles was accusing the bottled water people in its advertisements of all sorts [...]

Fighting Over Pollution That Never Happened, Argentina vs. Uruguay

BUENOS AIRES— Here is a whopper of a water dispute between two countries that have only barely tolerated each other in the best of times: Argentina, one of the largest countries in South America, and Uruguay, one of the smallest.
Five years ago, a Finnish company announced plans to build a pulp paper plant in [...]