|Water, water, everywhere, but none to drink. Hosing down the sidewalk in front of Jorge Tadeo University.|
The photo above shows what happens when people don't have to pay for the resources they use. An employee is cleaning the sidewalk in front of the private Jorge Tadeo University by washing it down with a hose. He could clean the sidewalk with a broom and perhaps a few buckets of water. But he doesn't pay for the water, so who cares about wasting it?
Colombia has lots of water - but every liter supplied to Bogotá is pumped, filtered, treated and piped a long way. Wasting it means wasting resources and money which otherwise could be put to better use - not to mention stealing from the fishes and dolphins.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours