This is a perfect early autumn day. The sky is a cloudless blue, the breeze is gentle, the sweet autumn clematis is blooming, and flames of ivy are licking up tree trunks like the start of a forest fire.
This afternoon we’ll probably get some rain. Here, at the edge of the West, we’re almost always hoping for rain – our most precious resource. Water, it seems, is always on my mind, casting a shadow of gloom over my pleasure in this day.
My concern with water isn’t just about rain to slake our garden’s thirst. My concern is far wider, all because Kyle asked me if the earth’s supply of water is finite and if it can be used up. Last week I wrote a blog post about humans’ misuse of water, “Water, Water Everywhere.”
What worries me even more than human’s misuse of water is that some humans believe that all water should be owned and administered by capitalists. Some water is already owned by capitalists, the guys who produce plastic bottles of water for those of us who can’t be bothered to fill a flask of water to carry with us.
Nestle Waters North America, Inc. owns the rights to several springs in California, an area experiencing drought and scant groundwater. Nestle, producing millions of bottles of water from the springs, deprives the delicate desert ecosystem of water and threatens the water supply of towns. 
Nestle CEO, under the guise of water stewardship, has publicly said that corporations should take responsibility for the proper distribution of the earth’s water.  Nestle certainly has shown in Southern California that responsible distribution of water means distributing the profits from the sale of bottled water to its shareholders.
Can we actually allow this to happen? It worries me.
Back in the early 1940s, E. B. White wrote:
“When I was a child people simply looked about them and were moderately happy; today they peer beyond the seven seas, bury themselves waist deep in tidings, and by and large what they hear makes them unutterably sad.” [3}
Nothing has changed, Mr. White. With more news we are ever more sad and can hardly enjoy a beautiful day.
 Nestle takes water from drought area in desert
 Nestle chairman Peter Brabeck discusses water, The Guardian
 E. B. White, One Man’s Meat, c. 1942.
Copyright 2014 by Shirley Domer