Bottling of drinking water for sale is common everywhere in the world, and Kenya is not an exception. This shows how water went from being a free natural resource to one of the most successful commercial product in the last few decades. The water story is a big story and water is a big business.
Every minute of everyday thousands of people buy a plastic bottle of drinking water, and every minute of everyday thousands more throw more bottles away. This adds up to many thousands of bottles a year, and tens of millions in Kenya shillings.
Are there legitimate reasons to buy all those bottles?
Quality of the water.
Turning to the quality of the bottled water, has there been an investigation as to whether industry claims about the relative safety, convenience and test of bottled water versus tap water? Or is it that the true reason we have turned to the bottle is from fear mongering by business interest and our own vanity to the breakdown of public systems and global irregularities.
The commodifying of water is a subject of serious debate. It touches on society’s choices on human rights and role of the government and free markets. The importance of the protection of conservation should not be forgotten.
Scientists should get to the bottom of the bottled water craze and explore what it means for us to bottle and sell out the most basic necessity.
And lastly, but not the least, why on earth should we pay many times more for a small bottle of water – literally many many times the cost we pay for the water available from our local counties?