28 September 2007

More Tidbits on Water

Do you realize 24% of our bottled water is just tap water repackaged as bottled water thanks to Pepsi and Coca-Cola....

Here's more interesting information below:

"In San Francisco, the municipal water comes from Yosemite National Park. It's so good the Environmental Protection Agency doesn't require San Francisco to filter it. If you bought and drank a bottle of Evian, you could refill that bottle once a day for 10 years, five months and 21 days with San Francisco tap water before that water would cost $1.35. Put another way, if the water we use at home cost what even cheap bottled water costs, our monthly water bills would run $9,000.

Except for this: Bottled water is often simply an indulgence, and despite the stories we tell ourselves, it is not a benign indulgence. About 1 billion bottles of water a week are moved around in ships, trains and trucks in the United States alone. That's a weekly convoy equivalent to 37,800 18-wheelers delivering water. (Water weighs 8 1/3 pounds a gallon. It's so heavy you can't fill an 18-wheeler with bottled water -- you have to leave empty space.)

Worldwide, 1 billion people have no reliable source of drinking water; 3,000 children a day die from diseases caught from tainted water."

All the more reason to start drinking your tap water... saves you money and Sarah Jessica Parker drinks it too!


Did you know the mayors of San Francisco, Salt Lake City, and Minneapolis have prohibited their state employees from using state funds to purchase water? They also proposed the following resolution at the recent US Conference for Mayors... Read on:

The Honorable Gavin Newsom
Mayor of San Francisco
The Honorable Ross 'Rocky' Anderson
Mayor of Salt Lake City
The Honorable R.T. Rybak
Mayor of Minneapolis


1. WHEREAS, the United States' municipal water systems are
among the finest in the world; and

2. WHEREAS, high quality, safe drinking water is already
available at most public locations; and

3. WHEREAS, mayors are responsible for delivering safe and
affordable water to our citizens; and

4. WHEREAS, local governments invest approximately $43 billion
a year for pure drinking water and treating wastewater; and

5. WHEREAS, US consumers spend more than $11 billion a year on bottled water; and

6. WHEREAS, bottled water costs more than an equivalent volume
of gasoline, equivalent to 1,000 to 10,000 times more than tap water; and

7. WHEREAS, more than a quarter of bottled water is sourced from municipal tap water; and

8. WHEREAS, bottled water must travel many miles from the source, resulting in the burning of massive amounts of fossil fuels, releasing CO2 and other pollution into the atmosphere; and

9. WHEREAS, plastic water bottles are one of the fastest growing sources of municipal waste; and

10. WHEREAS, in the U.S. the plastic bottles produced for water require 1.5 million barrels of oil per year, enough to 250 generate electricity for 250,000 homes or fuel 100,000 cars for a year; and

11. WHEREAS, we applaud The US Conference of Mayors for its National City Water Taste Test, which recognizes all of the great work municipal water systems do for its residents on a daily basis, year after year; and

12. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The US Conference of Mayors conduct a detailed study of the importance of municipal water and the impact of bottled water on municipal waste.


Stop buying bottled water, your body and wallet will thank you!!!

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