Saturday, October 22, 2005

Bottled Water (Redux)

Seems I'm not alone in the my feeling on bottled water. An article in the New York Times points out that:

"Ounce for ounce, it costs more than gasoline...depending on the brand, it costs 250 to 10,000 times more than tap water. Globally, bottled water is now a $46 billion industry. Why has it become so popular? It cannot be the taste, since most people cannot tell the difference in a blind tasting. Much bottled water is, in any case, derived from municipal water supplies...Admittedly, both kinds of water suffer from occasional contamination problems, but tap water is more stringently monitored and tightly regulated than bottled water."

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