Everything in the world is all made-up. Rights only exist when we make them exist. We don't have an intrinsic right to anything, not even our own life. However, we all live in this thing that we call 'civilization', and that itself is made up from all these little made-up concepts. I think access to clean water should be a basic human right, meaning that all governments should provide clean water sources for all their citizens. If they cannot subsidize the cost, then water should still be available at a reasonable, easily affordable price.
I watched the video -- the guy sounds like any normal business-minded CEO and not the devil reincarnated. What I felt was disappointing from the video was his apparent lack of enthusiasm and commitment in addressing environmental issues and his company's responsibility in helping to create a better world.
CSR is a relatively new thing. Maybe I'm being too optimistic, but I think companies are already starting to be pressured to become more ethical and environmentally-friendly in their operations. This CEO guy seems old. He's going to die soon, and there will be a new generation of CEOs, and perhaps they will understand better the need for long-term sustainability.
Here is what I do with water:
- We drink tap water, but we have a filter system installed, so that the water that goes to the kitchen and finally becomes cooking/drinking water is filtered and sanitized. We don't drink water from bathroom taps, although the government says it is safe to drink.
- We pay water bills every month at a very reasonable price.
- When I go out I buy bottled water, which where I live comes at a very reasonable price (about 30-60¢ per 500-600 ml). You can pay for 'premium' branded extremely expensive bottled water if you want to, but I've never done that.
Seems like a good system to me.