Framing water as a commodity permits free sale and transfer of water rights as private property. Both the United States and Australia treat water as a commodity to a certain extent, but Chile has created the most extreme instance[1]

Water is not only a commodity in itself but, as virtual water, a vital input required for the production, growing, or manufacture of other products.


  1. "Chilean Town Withers in Free Market for Water" article by Alexei Barrionuevo in The New York Times March 14, 2009

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