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Bottled Water Industry Waging Insidious War On Tap Water

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Such campaigns are taken seriously because the industry’s biggest markets are the US and Europe, says Res Gehriger, the Swiss journalist and filmmaker behind Bottled Life: The Truth about Nestlé’s Business with Water, which explores Nestlé’s commercialisation of community-owned water sources in the developing world.

In addition, earlier this year the National Park Service voted to ban the sale of single-use plastic water bottles at Grand Canyon National Park, something which was already happening in Zion National Park, in Utah, which created a similar ban in 2008 and eliminated 60,000 plastic bottles from the park in 2009.

According to the Natural Defenses Council, 40 percent of bottled water is nothing more than tap water anyway. Tap water is more highly regulated than bottled water, and it’s virtually free. Go with refillable bottles for you and your kids!

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5:11AM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

There is a couple of things to remember when reusing water bottles or even the cool refillable drinking bottles that are around.
Always wash the bottle every day around the rim where you drink, the lip or curve of the bottle interior and the cap.
And DONT leave them in the sun. The bottles break down like anything else in the sun and can put nasty chemicals into your water.
A couple of years ago a study in Perth WA, Australia looked at putting tap water into bottles and selling it. They sold out fast. I do not know the question behind the study or even what the outcome was but I remember thinking how stupid people where then. I think this just proves we live in a a throw-away society and people really are getting dumber. =-(

2:14AM PDT on Sep 21, 2012

Thanks. /will try to bring water from home.

6:03PM PDT on May 20, 2012

Back in the 80s Consumer Reports analyzed every major and some smaller brands worldwide and came to the conclusion that the best water there is is New York City tap water. Every time I'm in NY and see the pretentious types drinking their bottled water I just smirk and remember that.

Then there's Perrier which a comedian friend of mine used to refer to as derriere water which comes from springs near the French radioactive dump sites. Yum yum, drink it up!

1:14PM PDT on May 20, 2012

If only avoiding fluoride in water was as simple as buying bottled water (although at a HUGE cost to the environment. 90% is still absorbed through skin which makes it pointless drinking only bottled water and using it in cooking.

12:28AM PDT on Apr 17, 2012

Thanks for the article.

8:46AM PDT on Apr 14, 2012

We drink nothing but Arrowhead water (one of Nestle's many "mountain spring" brands). Seriously, the label's signature spring feeds our entire water district, so the same stuff in their bottles comes right out of our tap. And since we don't like the taste from either source (worst-tasting local bottled water IMO), we have a 4-stage filter under our sink that leaves it tasting better than anything bought in a plastic container.

Oh, and for the 25 cents you might pay for the cheapest bottle available, I can get 5 gallons.

8:05PM PDT on Apr 13, 2012

THANKS.

4:42PM PDT on Apr 12, 2012

Banning bottled water is a great idea. I'm glad they apply it in many universities and cities already :) Hope it continues.

10:19AM PDT on Apr 11, 2012

Willimantic tap water has been really good tasting the past few years now. I am shameless in re-using a plastic throw-away bottle (left behind by someone else) to carry tap water for convenience.

2:09AM PDT on Apr 11, 2012

Thanks

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