YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN Nestle sells several North American water brands for more than $4 billion. In 2020, 69 dams were removed in the United States. The American Society of Civil Engineers gives Ohio’s drinking water, stormwater and inland waterways a near-failing grade. A tropical storm is heading towards Mozambique’s battered coastline. South Africa plans to […]
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The Global Rundown Newark, New Jersey, says it will distribute bottled water after filters fail to protect homes from lead contamination. Sydney, Australia, prepares to expand its desalination capacity. Typhoon Lekima leaves at least 32 people dead in eastern China. The U.S. Trump administration introduces a proposal that would restrict states’ ability to block pipelines […]
The Global Rundown The World Health Organization (WHO) launches a health review after a new study finds plastic particles in 90 percent of bottled water. The U.S. accuses Russia of engineering cyberattacks targeting nuclear power plants and water and electric systems. The Philippine environment minister recommends a year-long closure to clean up contaminated Boracay. The […]
The Global Rundown Ontario plans to impose a much higher water rate for bottled water companies amid public concern over groundwater withdrawals. New funding and legislation in Victoria aims to improve environmental enforcement in the Australian state. Tanneries, sewage, and other industrial and municipal effluent continue to pollute the Ganga, despite India’s repeated attempts to […]
Citizen petition calls for higher fees on Nestle and other bottled water companies while authorities worry about trade agreement implications.
A vortex of attention swirls around industrial activity that does not consume much water. Photo © Brent Stirton / Getty Images Reportage for Circle of Blue Agriculture is the largest water consumer in California. Click image to enlarge. To the delight of Sacramento’s Department of Utilities, Nestle Waters North America in 2010 opened a bottling […]
Photo courtesy of Kris Kaczor / 750 Productions Jean Hill fought to pass the first bottled water ban in the United States in Concord, Massachusetts. Click image to enlarge. By Miles Beauchamp Circle of Blue Divide in Concord — a self-funded documentary about the battle to ban the sale of plastic water bottles in Concord, […]
Bottled Water With sales of bottled water in China expected to reach $US 16 billion by 2017, some economists worry that government involvement in the industry may encourage lower safety standards as local authorities compete to attract investment, Business Insider reported. China recently announced reforms aimed at cleaning up its food and water supplies. An […]
Pollution A pig farm in the Chinese town of Houtonglong has polluted water sources, created health problems, and made it difficult for local farmers to raise other animals, the Guardian reported. As China’s appetite for meat continues to grow, ban production at 93 iron ore mines in Goa, which were found to be contributing to […]
When I go to water meetings, there are serious scientific discussions about climate impacts on water systems, international conflicts over water, water quality and contamination threats, new technologies and strategies for providing basic water and sanitation for the world’s poor, and much more. But in the hallways between meetings and sessions, the real arguments are about the conflicts between public and private control and management of water.
Major public campaigns against bottled water had recently been initiated by students, activist groups, local communities, and even some restaurateurs, including several high-profile ones in the Bay Area and the two-year drop in sales after years of double-digit annual growth was perceived by some, including me, as an indication that the unchallenged claims of the industry were beginning to be met with skepticism, education, and consumer reaction.
We’ve known for a long time that bottled water costs far more than safe, reliable, municipal tap water systems, with those costs falling on individuals, communities, and the environment.