Water in the News


TAP WATER

Various watchdog organizations, mass news media and different government agencies are constantly reporting on the condition of the water we drink from our home and office water source. The reports are not at all good. If you would like to know what is contained in the water you are drinking, please watch and read.                                                                                                                                                                 

From the United States Environmental Protection Agency we find ‘rocket fuel’ to be in our ‘tap water’. Not exactly what we would expect. Major concerns continue regarding prescription drugs, which municipal water treatment cannot seem to remove. This was reported by both CNN and other networks like CBS. Even the New York Times has called tap water ‘toxic’.

 

BOTTLED WATER

This has to be the biggest marketing coup of the past decade. Companies like Nestle, Coke & Pepsi have been able to sell billions of plastic bottles containing plain water. Over 50% of the branded bottled water comes directly from the same taps we have in our homes and offices. Over 20% don’t even label where the water comes from, as reported by Consumer Reports. Would you like to know what the brand of water you drink  is concealing from you? Just go to Environmental Working Group’s Water Scorecard, and click on your favorite bottled water. Still not sure which is better? Watch ABC’s 20/20 report. Take the test yourself or ask why Pepsi has been subpoened by Congress to testify about the quality of Aquifina.

TO SUM IT UP

A book by Tony Clark, Inside the Bottle provides a vivid and disturbing portrayal of how four big companies – Nestlé, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola and Danone – dominate the bottled water industry and examines key issues of public concern about their operations, including how they:

  • pay little or nothing for the water they take from rural springs or public systems;
  • turn ‘water’ into ‘water’ through elaborate treatment processes;
  • produce a product that is not necessarily safer then, nor as regulated as, tap water;
  • package it in plastic bottles made of environmentally destructive toxic chemicals;
  • market it to an unsuspecting public as ‘pure, healthy, safe drinking water’; and
  • sell it at prices hundreds, even thousands of times more costly than ordinary tap water.

 

DOCUMENTARIES FOR PUBLIC AWARENESS

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