Policy and Legal related aspects of Water
"Because of its value and its importance in all aspects of life, water is a highly political issue. Access to water is a question of power. Lack of access to, and control over, water is both a primary indicator and a primary cause of poverty. The politics of water is expressed in water policy. Policy may be written or unwritten - often the de facto policy of a government department or local government, what is actually carried out on the ground, is quite different to the published policy. Water legislation is a tool for the implementation of policy and usually reflects the current ruling policy. Legislation usually lags behind policy because of the lengthy processes involved in developing new legislation. Occasionally legislation is developed or current legislation is amended without the the benefit of clear policy - this usually leads to problems."