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Water is a vital both for everyday personal use but for agriculture and industry. Management of water is extremely difficult due both to the technical difficulties involved and its status as a good subject to state and international regulation. Attempts to use water in excess of the amount available in both the short and long term are common. Such over-exploitation has affected several regions, most notably, the North China Plain, where pumping by numerous large cities have resulted in a rapidly falling water table.

Political influence, and corruption, play an important role in many countries in determining who has access to water.[1]

See also Bottled water

Notes and references

  1. "Water everywhere for profit in Nejapa, but few drops for local people to drink: While big companies make millions from El Salvador’s water-rich Nejapa municipality, locals have little or no access to water" article by Claire Provost and Matt Kennard in The Guardian November 2, 2014