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Posted Tue Aug 17 2010: from Toronto Star:
A new issue percolates throughout India: How much to charge for water?
Every day that it's open for business, the local Coca-Cola bottling plant in this parched corner of India draws about 200,000 litres of underground water from four wells. Coke's annual bill for 36 million litres? Zero. Like many Indian states, Rajasthan doesn't charge for taking water from groundwater reservoirs because free water has been considered a fundamental right in India for decades. Yet water conservation advocates say that principle needs to be rethought at a time when economic growth and population pressure are expected to double demand over the next 25 years.
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'Doc Michael says:
Zero? Why, that's the price that refreshes Coke's shareholders.

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