This chapter uses water as the primary example to discuss public facilities.
It is important that the student understand quite clearly what is meant by the idea of public facilities and why the government needs to play a crucial role in their provision and, therefore, take overall responsibility.
The idea of equity, or the equal availability, affordability and quality of water for all, is one of the key issues related to public facilities that the chapter highlights.
In the classroom discussion, it is crucial to separate the discussion on the importance of the government’s role in providing public facilities from their current unequal provision.
This means that the fact that persons currently get different amounts of water should not be viewed as a reason for the government not being able to provide public facilities.