We live in 21st century and water is something we can’t imagine life without. But same as everything in life, you don’t know how much something is important to you until you lose it.
Today we were left without water. But the reason wasn’t some ruptured pipe, natural disaster (though – it is some kind of disaster) or something like that. It was politics.
City of Valpovo gets water from City of Belišće. Recently, company that was in charged to distribute water to Valpovo, changed name and price of water increased. Today, we found out that company before the name change got into debt and they haven’t paid water to supplier for months. Debt is now around 1 million Croatian kunas. But the way we’ve found that out was not right.
Due to change of ownership in suppliers company, there was a ‘warning’ that unless all the bills were paid, both cities would be left without water. Mayor of Belisce, city-supplier of water for the City of Valpovo, decided to to left the citizens of Valpovo without water supply. City of Belisce paid their bills regularly and didn’t want to be left without water because the City of Valpovo haven’t done the same. Cities are known for disagreements in politics, different parties are kind of governing these two cities.
The problem is – citizens of Valpovo pay their bills regularly, even though water is more expensive now. And was it really human and right thing to do – to left all the citizens, who do pay their bills on time, without water just because of the politics?
On the one hand, I understand the mayor’s decision. Lesson had to be told, people had to be informed what was really going on in the City of Valpovo and they have to insist on answers such as - where is all the money?! Mayor wanted to protect his citizens of losing water supply. And citizens of Valpovo are being lied to. But on the other hand, was it really necessary to left more than 10 000 citizens without water all day just because politics? Some people have small children, babies, sick or disabled member of family that need more care and therefore more water in many ways.
I can’t stop thinking about what is politics nowadays? In which point do people become really important for those who have the power to make decisions? Do any of them truly care for ordinary people? And why don’t people unite and make a change?
All I know, I’ve learnt these lessons:
-Never drink all water from the bottle, you might need it later
-Do not eat too salted food or fish unless you have (enough) water
-Don’t do sports unless you’re sure you can take a shower or wear a make-up unless you can wash it off
-Never throw all empty bottles, you might need those to go in another city and fill them with water
-Never, never, never stop being human no matter what you do in life and make sure your decisions make people around you feeling better and happy, not desperate