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Rethinking Bottled Water: What You May Not Know

Rethinking Bottled Water:  What You May Not Know

Where does the water come from that we buy bottled in our supermarkets and, in fact, anywhere we look?

Little did I know, and you may not either, that as co-author of Blue Gold, the Fight
to Stop Corporate Theft, Maude Barlow says: “Fierce disputes are being waged in communities around the world where companies like Coca-Cola and Nestle are aggressively seeking new sources for their “boutique” water, draining acquifers and even buying up whole water systems. The bottled-water industry is growing at a rate of more than 20 per cent a year.” Author Vandana Shiva has written a book
illuminating similar issues, called Water Wars.

It seems to me it is time to mind our own watersheds, buy good filters for our taps so we can safely drink our local water, and when we want to take bottled water with us, we go with stainless steel bottles. This way we protect ourselves from plastics, don’t use water that belongs to others, and ensure our local water is

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6:39AM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

I am totally appalled at how the bottled water industry affects us financially and environmentally! Aside from the fact that it isn't proven any safer than tap water, all those plastic bottles going into the landfills are disgusting. Even if they are recycled, consider the energy and resources consumed by making new ones. Though our tap water is not "bad", I use a Brita pitcher to filter water for drinking (it does taste better) and for appliances (coffee) that call for filtered water. My son's family has well water in the home - tastes terrible and they bought bottled water which they could ill afford. I gave them a Brita and they found the water immediately pleasant for drinking. I have followed my dil's new habit of using the pitcher to fill larger containers for beverages. Not a lot of effort with a great bonus of less money and pollution.

1:21AM PDT on Mar 22, 2013


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4:39PM PST on Feb 15, 2013

Couldn't agree more.

12:03PM PST on Feb 14, 2013


7:17AM PST on Feb 11, 2013

Well said !!!

7:03AM PST on Feb 11, 2013

Amen! 'Couldn't have said it better. Kudos.

10:07AM PST on Feb 10, 2013

You're lucky if you are getting safe drinking water, Period!!!

8:23AM PST on Feb 10, 2013


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