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Eric Parsons

Working in Uganda, I would gladly welcome some private investment in the country's water system. For the past month or two, the college where I am working has had no running water. For me, this is only a slight hassle. I can hire students to haul 20 liter Jerry cans to my house every day or so, and even when the water was working, I still boiled and filtered it.

However, for the students, the lack of water is much more serious. At the moment, they are being forced to haul water from a swamp that is quite some distance from their dormitories. Plus, due to the shortage in the kitchen, the students are no longer being provided with boiled water with their meals. On top of it all, the students are not allowed to leave campus and most of them have no money anyway (500 mL of water is 500 sh., which is around 25 cents, while a 250 mL pouch is 100 sh. Not so expensive, but many of the students here are orphans. Plus, a day laboror in Uganda only makes around 1000 sh. a day.), so they can't buy bottled water. So, what's worse, maintaining a system like this or allowing some private investment that would improve things?


Don't forget the constantly increasing purity standards to remove naturally-occuring trace elements -- like the arsenic that the Dems blamed on "Bush and the chemical companies."

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