Monday, August 16, 2010

"These are the numbers the bottled water industry doesn't want you to see"

Filtered tap water makes up an increasing share of bottled water - rising from 32.7 percent in 2000 to 47.8 percent in 2009 - as the share of spring-sourced water declines...
"More and more bottled water is basically the same product that flows from consumer taps, subsidized by taxpayer dollars then poured into an environmentally destructive package and sold for thousands of times its actual value" -- Wenonah Hauter
I never did get the bottled water thing. If I'm gonna pay for bottled water I at least want it to fizz.

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5 comments:

Joe said...

Heh heh heh. I remember going to a water bottling plant in Saskatoon. The plant's target market was California. The company headquarters was reputedly in Minnesota and the label declared that the water was 'glacier fed'. Of course they were sucking the water out of the South Saskatchewan river in Saskatoon so I guess way back in its head waters in Alberta the river came off a glacier. It reminded me of Super Dave's genuine Saskatchewan Seal Skin bindings.

I bought a bottle of water one hot day and as I guzzled it I thought of my dear departed father. If I told him I just spent a dollar twenty five for some water he would have wondered how many hundred gallons I bought.

4simpsons said...

The best line about bottled water came when the craze began years ago: "Evian is naive spelled backwards."

RkBall said...

Joe -- you have just ruined for all time the image that comes with "glacier fed".

4S - good one!

P@J said...

Ball, something we agree on!

Funny part is that the established government standards for the water coming out of your tap are way higher than the standards for what can be sold in a plastic bottle. Further, the testing of municipal water is more rigorous, and carried out much more often.

Unless you live on a native reserve, but that is another story.

Frances said...

Joe - given it's the South Saskatchewan, that's glacier water via Calgary's water system. Luckily Calgary has good water treatment facilities. Had the water come from the North Saskatchewan, you'd have had to worry about Edmonton's water system.

"... nothing intellectually compelling or challenging.. bald assertions coupled to superstition... woefully pathetic"