Are Bottled Water Companies Giving Us a Soaking?
from the Nutrition Research Center, 11/1/08
Many bottled water companies are offering you nothing less than tap water in an expensive, bottled form. Environmental Working Group conducted a detailed analysis that surprises many Americans who are just interested in doing something good for their health by drinking a better source of water…Click here to read the rest of the article.
Water Demand Likely to Increase Substantially in New Hampshire’s Seacoast Region by 2025
From the U.S. Geological Survey, May 9th, 2008
By 2025, demand for water in the Seacoast Region of New Hampshire is expected to grow by more than 50 percent. In the past five years, water use was estimated at 26.3 million gallons per day. By 2025, the demand may be more than 40 million gallons per day. These findings were released today by the U.S. Geological Survey.
“Water demand for homes accounts for more than 70 percent of all water use in the region, whether those homes have private wells or are part of community water supply systems,” said USGS hydrologist, Marilee Horn, lead author of the study. “Water demand by businesses was much less than the water needed for homes.”
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“Water & Rights” by Maine Representative Rick Burns
This will hardly surprise most of you, but the State, through the DEP, DHHS, and Nestlé, is wrong in it’s interpretation of the bulk-water extraction issue. They think the Maine citizens, who are up in arms about water extraction, are exclusively concerned with protecting water and the environment.
The primary concern I hear from most people informed and involved in this issue is:
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Facing the Freshwater Crisis
from Scientific American, July, 2008
As demand for freshwater soars, planetary supplies are becoming unpredictable. Existing technologies could avert a global water crisis, but they must be implemented soon…Click here to read the rest of the article.
Environmental Concerns are Sending People Back to Their Taps
from E Magazine, 5/5/08
Jennifer Phillips always felt guilty that her large Nashville law firm didn’t recycle. So after big client meetings, she collected all the empty plastic water bottles, took them home and added them to her own curbside recycling bin. Now, she is proud to report that her firm, Bass, Berry & Sims, serves an icy pitcher of tap water during meetings. “We even have glasses with the company logo on them,” she says. Phillips estimates switching to tap keeps 3,000 plastic water bottles per week out of the landfill…Click here to read the rest of the article.
Who Owns Maine’s Water — Nestle or the People?
The new water politics of the 21st century make a stage debut in Maine
Op-Ed Piece by Jim Wilfong
If I had any doubts about the influence of Nestle Inc., the global water giant, in my state, they were dispelled the day last June I received a communication from the Maine Secretary of State. The SOS is elected by the majority party in the Legislature, currently Democrats, which means he is basically a functionary of the Democratic Party. What he does is what the Democrats want.
A group of us had drafted a ballot initiative to ensure that groundwater in Maine is subject to the same degree of protection that surface waters are. As the law requires, we submitted the proposal to the SOS who then wrote the wording that would appear on the ballot. When I opened the letter from the SOS’s office with the final wording…Click here to keep reading the rest of this OP-ED piece.
At Climate Conference, Mayors Take On Big Water
from GreenBiz.com, 6/26/07
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — San Francisco’s mayor announced a ban on bottle water and the nation’s mayors passed a resolution looking into potential negative impacts on municipalities at the 75th annual U.S. Conference of Mayors…Click here to read the rest of this article.
Tapped Out: The True Cost of Bottled Water
from National Geographic’s the Green Guide, Issue 121, July/August 2007
From childhood, we’re told to drink at least eight glasses of water each day. Unfortunately more and more Americans drink those eight glasses out of plastic bottles—a convenience that stuffs landfills, clogs waterways and guzzles valuable fossil fuels…Click here to continue reading the article.
War over bottled water could leave many dry
from the Chicago Tribune, 2004
STANWOOD, Mich. — Great Lakes states long have worried about Asian supertankers scooping up the region’s coveted fresh water or thirsty western states siphoning it away in massive pipelines…Click here to read the rest of the article.