What does the privatization of water mean?
The movie has a lot about this and I find that students’ do not take advantage of all the information given in the movie to answer this question. It may be necessary to watch the movie more than once to get all you need out of it to answer these questions well. Start with the idea that originally all water was publicly shared. With the rise of Capitalism, water became a source of profit so individuals became the owners of water sources and sold it to members of the community. When this ended up being uneven, that is, some people got more and better water than others, the state stepped in and made water distribution public. Now there is a move to go back to the private system. Why? What wasn’t working about public facilities? What are the incentives to a community to sell their public water works to a private company? What have cities experienced when they did this? Who are the people who are going out to find sources of water to buy and sell? What are the consequences of private companies bottling water and selling it? What is the quality of that water? Who monitors it?