Humans here in the West use and therefore value water for basically three sorts of reasons:
- for domestic use (cooking, bathing, drinking, flushing away waste)
- for economic purposes (agriculture being the most obvious, but also things like computer chip manufacturing)
- for environmental purposes (water in the river to look at and enjoy, for recreation, or because of the intrinsic value we place in water in the river and the ecosystems it supports)
regueur rigueur for writers of a certain sort to make fun of the Bellagio Fountain in Las Vegas, as an example of grand excess in a water-scarce land. But I was thinking about the different ways we value water when I read this item from Vegas Inc.:
The Panama Canal, the Eiffel Tower, Sydney Harbor and the Bellagio Fountains.
All made TripAdvisor’s list of “most talked about attractions.”
Only 16 attractions made the cut, two for each major region in the world. The Bellagio Fountains joined New York’s Central Park as North America’s most talked about destinations.
The travel website based its picks on attractions that received the most reviews over the past year. The Bellagio Fountains received thousands, bringing its total to more than 5,000. All but 160 visitors rated the attraction as “excellent” or “very good.”
That’s a pretty high-value use of that water, I guess.