AlterNet: EnviroHealth: Fighting the Corporate Theft of Our Water:
"'We came to see that the conflicts over water are really about fundamental questions of democracy itself: Who will make the decisions that affect our future, and who will be excluded?' they wrote in the book's preface. 'And if citizens no longer control their most basic resource, their water, do they really control anything at all?'As the effects of climate change are being felt around the world, including decreasing snowpacks and rainfall, water is quickly becoming the market's new holy grail.Mayor Gary Podesto, in his State of the City address to his constituents in 2003, sang the praises of privatization to his community, located in California's Central Valley. 'It's time that Stockton enter the 21st century in its delivery of services and think of our citizens as customers,' he said.And there is the crux of the issue -- privatization means transforming citizens into customers. Or, in other words, making people engaged in a democratic process into consumers looking to get the best deal.It is also means taking our most important resource and putting it at the whims of the market."