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Tuesday, February 7, 2006

 

Bottled Water: Nectar of the Frauds?

`Water, water everywhere and we are duped into buying it bottled.

Consumers spend a collective $100 billion every year on bottled water in the belief–often mistaken, as it happens–that this is better for us than what flows from our taps, according to environmental think tank the Earth Policy Institute (EPI).

For a fraction of that sum, everyone on the planet could have safe drinking water and proper sanitation, the Washington, D.C.-based organization said this week. [..]

“Even in areas where tap water is safe to drink, demand for bottled water is increasing–producing unnecessary garbage and consuming vast quantities of energy,” said [a researcher]. “Although in the industrial world bottled water is often no healthier than tap water, it can cost up to 10,000 times more.”‘




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