By: M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru: A third of the population of Detroit had faced having their water supplies disconnected because they were unable to pay their bills, a situation that the United Nations has called "an affront to human rights” and in the similar way BWSSB water supplies disconnected for poor Bangalore people unable to pay their bills is an "an affront to human rights ”and BWSSB should stop disconnection drive. BWSSB is terrorizing the citizens of Bangalore for collection of domestic water bill dues. By sending 40 persons before each house for collection of dues.. Let BWSSB clarify under what rules it has sent 40 people to harass Banshankari residents to pay the bill or face disconnection of water ?.Is it Dadageri or Gundagardi of BWSSB? End Pay for domestic water policy in India. "Pay for domestic water policy by BWSSB is an unethical infringement on basic human rights." fee-free domestic water is a basic human right .BBMP is collecting taxes and is duty bound to provide free domestic water . BWSSB is sending reportedly 40 people to each house hold to collect water bill dues or disconnect the water connection and this forcible collection of bills from poor people is violation of human rights and attract criminal cases against BWSSB and its officers . Recently one of the the resident from Banshankari II stage called frantically to BWSSB office and news reporters and reported the matter. Water is a human right! Water needed for drinking, cooking and basic hygiene as basis for survival must be available even for a person unable to pay. Government is for protection of life and property of its citizen and even if some one has not aid water bill government cannot disconnect the water which amounts to disconnection a person from his life .Disconnecting water is nothing but murder of a person. If one asks about the legal basis: the right to life is an essential part in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Art 3). And with Article 24 expressing the right to a standard of living adequate for human health, it is clear that this is about truly safe water. Bangalore police should file FIR against BWSSB officers under attempt to murder clauses of IPC for this willful blunder of disconnecting water causing threat to life of citizens of Bangalore on complaint of citizens affected.State Government and BWSSB need to follow forBangalore and other cities in Karnataka to provide 20 Kilo literof water per month, per household, along with associated sewerage services, free to residents similar to that oftheDelhi government model to provide 20 Kilo literof water per month, per household, along with associated sewerage services, free to residents of Delhi who have a water connection.
- Sufficient. The water supply for each person must be sufficient and continuous for personal and domestic uses. These uses ordinarily include drinking, personal sanitation, washing of clothes, food preparation, personal and household hygiene. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), between 50 and 100 litres of water per person per day are needed to ensure that most basic needs are met and few health concerns arise. Safe. The water required for each personal or domestic use must be safe, therefore free from micro-organisms, chemical substances and radiological hazards that constitute a threat to a person's health. Measures of drinking-water safety are usually defined by national and/or local standards for drinking-water quality. The World Health Organization (WHO) Guidelines for drinking-water quality provide a basis for the development of national standards that, if properly implemented, will ensure the safety of drinking-water.
- Acceptable. Water should be of an acceptable colour, odour and taste for each personal or domestic use. [...] All water facilities and services must be culturally appropriate and sensitive to gender, lifecycle and privacy requirements.Physically accessible. Everyone has the right to a water and sanitation service that is physically accessible within, or in the immediate vicinity of the household, educational institution, workplace or health institution. According to WHO, the water source has to be within 1,000 metres of the home and collection time should not exceed 30 minutes.Affordable. Water, and water facilities and services, must be affordable for all. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) suggests that water costs should not exceed 3 per cent of household income.
Commercial and non-domestic water use can be charged: But contrary to many other rights stipulated in the Declaration there must be limits: water to fill a private swimming pool or to wash a car, for instance, is not a free public good; rather it should be a normal commercial good covering at least the full cost of infrastructure, not subsidised or even distributed for free. Quite probably, no Court of Human Rights would object to municipal water schemes stopping supply for pools in a period of drought when not enough water is available for drinking. Personally, I would find such an objection rather extreme.UN Resolution 64/292, approved by the General Assembly formalised and confirmed this on 28 July 2010:"The General Assembly: Recognizes the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights; Calls upon States and international organizations to provide financial resources, capacity-building and technology transfer, through international assistance and cooperation, in particular to developing countries, in order to scale up efforts to provide safe, clean, accessible and affordable drinking water and sanitation for all."
Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General had said that ""The children who have no clean water to drink, the women who fear for their safety, the young people who have no chance to receive a decent education have a right to better, and we have a responsibility to do better. All people have the right to safe drinking water, sanitation, shelter and basic services." http://www.un.org/waterforlifedecade/human_right_to_water.shtml