Providing for Society: Clean Water
2 October 2020
This post is part of a series linked to our Amenities of Modern Existence thread.
The first of the six amenities of modern existence that we will discuss logistics around is the amenity of clean water. With each amenity, it is vital to prepare a plan of implementation if we are to exist in a society that assists its members with the necessities for survival. As the Human Civilization Reformation Coalition, we see two elements of implementation that must be addressed, infrastructure, and tracking.
When it comes to the infrastructure needed to deliver clean water to human beings, it should go without saying that we have figured out the baseline logistics to accomplish this task. For any human living in a modernized country, they can attest to this through their day to day activities. The biggest investment is an investment of building a wastewater treatment center that then has adequate pipping to the homes of each person. Though this is a simplistic way of summing up our current water systems in modernized countries, the fact of the matter is that we have developed the technology and knowledge required to create delivery systems for water. The biggest threat to many human beings’ access to clean water is dangerously outdated pipping with containments inside of it, or a lack of proper sewage systems that then cause human beings to utilize the same water sources for both drinking and sanitization purposes. Overall, when it comes to the story of the infrastructure needed for clean water, it is not a matter of new technology being needed (although it never hurts to have innovation in the area of sewage control or desalination) it is a matter of making sure we expand and continuously maintain the forms of infrastructure we have found to be successful in the delivery of clean water.
The area of deeper concern when contemplating the implementation of a social welfare program that delivers clean water is ensuring that everyone has equal access to the water that they need, while also ensuring that no one person over utilizes their access to the shared supply of water, leaving others without enough. This brings about the concern of how we track how much people are utilizing, which essentially reverts to a conversation of what is a reasonable amount of water that each human being should be able to utilize. Though we are not here to present a specific quantity of water that we believe each human being should use daily, we do believe that there is a reasonable range of water usage that a human being existing with access to a modernized lifestyle should use.
Whatever we would determine this figure to be, we can then allot a payment voucher system that allows vouchers to households based on the number of members reported in the household. Think of these vouchers as water dollars that are uploaded to a specific payment card provided to the head of the household. A system of this nature would allow current water servicing companies to exist and give citizens the same options on how they receive their water while allowing each citizen a guaranteed amount of water monthly. This would allow people to use as much water as they prefer yet would only receive a set amount free of charge monthly according to an agreed-upon average usage amount. Imagine receiving a water bill that you would pay with a specific form of payment that is for water bills, and anything over the agreed-upon monthly allotment would then be subject to payment through traditional currency. A system of this nature would allow each human being to know they will be able to receive water, while also creating limits in which people would have to abide by. Now of course there would have to be processes and safeguards to protect against those who would want to take advantage of the system, such as people using excessive amounts of water to those who would fall delinquent on their bill if they used more than the covered allotment. As an individual, I am optimistic that many human beings would be satisfied and content with a system of this nature though, and would have very little need to abuse the system if their needs are sufficed. The next phase of legitimizing a system of this nature would be getting a consensus (or as close as possible to one) on what the acceptable average usage of clean water in a modernized lifestyle is exactly.
More to come on this in the future.
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