Addressing the Variables that Affect Access

Since the major issue driving the freshwater supply problem is access, we should consider the variables that affect access. Access to clean, safe drinking water is inhibited by no less than four direct factors: distance to the source, denial of access, cost, and supply; and no less than two indirect factors: distribution and demand. These variables are tightly woven, creating complex interdependencies where one variable is affected by change in another. For example, if the distance to the source is reduced by bringing services into the home, cost may become the prohibitive factor. In the context of globalization, access to water is everyone's problem; pollutants dumped into the Ganges River in Nepal will eventually prevent access for downstream users in India, for instance. Development of urban areas to attract foreign businesses may result in reduced infiltration of water into local aquifers. As the trend of globalization pushes forward, the interdependence of these variables among and within nations will only continue to become stronger, affecting—and being affected by—international relations. This section will take a closer look at these variables and the complex interactions that exist between them on local, regional, and global scales.

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