I wonder how many abandoned mines are just sitting there with millions of gallons of toxic water (like the one that the EPA contractor accidently released into the river) just waiting to be compromised?
I just signed a petition which had nothing to do with the above statement but still has to do with water. The privatization of water. Here is the text. You can find this petition on Forcechange titled "Don't Let World Bank Privatize Sacred Water"
Target: World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim
Goal: Stop attempts to steal water from a community that holds water sacred by privatizing and selling it.
The World Bank is trying to privatize the water in Lagos, Nigeria–a community that holds a sacred connection to the water that they should have free access to. The bank is trying to convince the people of the city that taking the water from the area and selling it to others at a ridiculous profit is good for them. However, history tells us that this would only be a disaster for the community.
Banks and corporations that privatize water inevitably drain all the vital water from the area and then take off, leaving the people there without a local water source and all the environmental and economic problems that creates. These water thieves don’t care anything about the communities they exploit and have been known to harass the people who try to stop them.
The World Bank has been pushing this privatization agenda for years, and in doing so have impeded the development of Lagos’ public water system. As a result, nine out of 10 persons in the area lack access to clean water. It’s time to run them out of town. Sign our petition to demand that the World Bank stop interfering with the development of public water projects and allow the people of Lagos their right to clean, affordable water.