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Inadequate public water infrastructure and climate change have created an opening in Nepal and elsewhere for private operations delivering water (often low quality or contaminated) at exorbitant prices to desperate people. It's the emergence of an ecosystem of vested interests both on the private side (growing monopoly over water access) and the public side (officials who benefit from this business) that will probably only become harder and harder to overturn over time. One quote that stuck out: "farmers welcome tanker men and often make more from leasing wells than growing crops"

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