FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2009

Future of Drinking Water

Look at this photo, take a good look:

This is the future of drinking water for the entire world. No longer will you be able to pour yourself a glass of water from the tap and drink it down. Rather, it will soon become convention to have a delivery service drop off these 10 gallon jugs of bottled water to your home.

Bottled water will soon become a rule, rather than a luxury.

Bottled water will soon be sold to everybody, and not just the tidy elite who balk at health consciousness. Purified factory water will soon become a global standard, much as municipal tap water is for us today.
Wade from Vagabond 
in Bursa, Turkey- March 13, 2009
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Bottled water is already the unquestionable rule in Turkey. Few people will even think of drinking water from the tap, or even of boiling the tap water. Paying for water had become the convention.

Once something becomes a convention, there is no going back.

This photo is from Honduras, another country where bottled water has become conventional.

Private companies have usurped the rule of municipalities when it comes to supplying drinking water in many countries. And it is my impression that the municipalities heaved a big sigh of relief: for they no longer need to fill the responsibility of supplying clean, safe drinking water to their constitutes. The private companies have jumped the gun and claimed for themselves one of humanity's basic needs.

This photo is of bottle water being delivered to a home in Turkey. When the people need water here, they call a delivery service and a new 10 gallon jug is brought to their homes within minutes.

Whenever you need a drink, you will now have to pay for it. Drinking water will no longer be a disposable, never ending commodity, and the companies will dictate its price - for better . . . or for worse.

Photo from Bicycle Luke of a purified water machine in Thailand. These machines are now strewn about the country in a manner that is similar to how community wells were once distributed through various population centers. People now beginning to come to these modern "wells" to pay for their drinking water.

Photo from Myanmar Times of a bottled water factory that produces drinking water for Australia.

Photo from BBC News of bottled water in China. The people here generally take their water from a community tap that disperses free preboiled drinking water. I now predict that within the next ten years these community taps will only disperse bottled water that needs to be paid for, or that people will order these 10 gallon jugs to be delivered to their homes.

Photo from BBC News

Well water was the new river water, municipal tap water was the new well water, bottled water is the new tap water. What are you going to do when the bottled water is too polluted to drink?

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Blogger Wade Vagabond said...

I also fail to realize why most countries who are shifting to bottled water rather than boiling tap water are not utilizing filters. 

I am sure that a tap filter would cost less than paying 5 lira per 10 gallon jug in Turkey. 

Many places in other countries do filter tap water and then they put in the 10 gallon jugs, but this seems to be an exception. I have also not noticed the use of personal filters yet in Turkey. Everyone seems to pay for bottled water.

MARCH 13, 2009
Blogger Russ said...

People are becoming mindless drones, just doing what's easiest. They'd rather pay money to a company to provide them with a bottle of the same thing that they can get from their tap instead of pushing back at the people and companies who pollute their natural sources of drinking water and then try to sell them their "purified" water at hugely inflated prices. I understand that there is no simple answer to the water problems, and also that the polluters are not the same people that sell us bottled water, yet if everyone just filtered their tap water then bottling companies would get the idea, and their would be more demand for quality municipal water. Obviously this is not practical for people who don't even have tap water, so for them it is even more critical to keep big business from taking and/or polluting their water. 

I grew up in Connecticut where I got pure water straight from the ground beneath my house, it was full of minerals and still to this day is the best water I've ever had. Now I'm in Southern California drinking chlorinated water that's taken from water sources hundreds of miles away. And like you say, if people keep paying for bottled water the public sources will just get worse and worse.

A speech by Charles Cave delivered at  Chatswood Early Risers Toastmasters club – 16th December 2008


This morning I am talking about a very popular drink with a premium price tag. Could it be freshly squeezed fruit juice? No. Maybe a boutique Australian beer? No. This popular drink costs more than these drinks. It’s bottled water. That’s right – Water! Nowadays, many people pay good money for something that is readily available from the tap.



But there is a downside. A recent story in New Internationalist magazinemade me aware of the environmental impact of these plastic bottles. I did some research and want to share my findings with you. 20 years ago, bottled water barely existed as a business. But two years ago, Australians spent $385 million on bottled water, paying an average of $1.50 a litre. That’s more expensive than petrol!


Why do people pay good money for something you can get from a tap for free? The answer is marketing. In 1976 Perrier entered the American market promoting their product not as water, but as a beverage.Perrier’s goal was to undermine sales of Coke which they did. After 3 years, sales were $60 million.


Next, the Evian company entered the American market in 1984. They used images of toned young men and women in tight clothes, sweating at the gym and quenching their thirsts with Evian water. Even Madonna drank Evian on stage. Evian had become a status symbol and fashion accessory. But remember, Evian spelt backwards is NAÏVE.


Is bottled water better for us? The bottled water industry has spent a lot of money telling us their product is pristine, pure and safe as well as healthier and safer than tap water. Sydney Water is treated to meet the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. The water is tested and monitored at every stage of supply and quality reports are published. How often is bottled water tested? Over the past few years there have been chemical contaminations of various bottled water brands.


Young people are now growing up with the idea that tap water is dangerous and undermines trust in Sydney Water and the clean water they provide. What an irresponsible and dangerous thing to say! Why should Sydney Water provide clean water if the public prefers to pay 500 times more for bottled water?


What about the taste? Choice magazine ran a tasting of Mount Franklin, Frantelle and Sydney Tap water and their tasters couldn’t tell the difference.

Bottled water is expensive. You can buy 30 litres of tap water for five cents. The equivalent in bottled water will set you back over $50. Is that good sense?

What about the plastic bottles? About 100 ml of crude oil is used to make the plastic for one bottle. In addition, manufacturing each ton of plastic produces 3 tonnes of carbon dioxide. But that is just the beginning because the bottles have to be shipped to their final destination. For example, Fiji water, as the name suggests is bottled in Fiji and shipped to Australia.


Once the consumer has drunk the water, what happens to the empty bottles? The plastic is certainly recyclable but in the USA, about 85 percent of water bottles escape recycling and end up in litter or landfill. A similar pattern has emerged in Australia.


So what can you do? Bottled water has become a trendy fashion accessory, and at the same time an environmental nightmare.


Bottled water should be viewed in the same was as plastic bags – environmentally unsustainable.


At the office, use a water jug and glasses for your visitors. There’s no need to give bottles to your guests or pay for fancy bottled water dispensers.

Don’t waste your money buying bottled water. You will help save your environment as well as saving money.


Sydney tap water is safe and ideal for your needs. And when you go out, take your own bottle filled from the tap.


You need to drink at least one to two litres of water a day but please –make it tap-water.

Natural News, Washington, 10th feb, 2010.

As the United States becomes a nation of 300 million, the country’s older cities face the reality of overpopulation, crumbling infrastructures, and the health concerns raised by both, especially those related to the availability of fresh water.


Eric Goldstein, a spokesman for the Natural Resources Defense Council, has stated that the water distribution systems of cities such as Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia and New York are in urgent need of repair.


The antiquated water delivery systems in these cities are comprised of nearly 1 million miles of piping, mostly made of iron. As the iron pipes corrode, clean water flowing through them becomes contaminated with rust. Over time the pipes also rupture, causing not only water loss, but the introduction of pollutants and diseases from the ground.


“Investigations conducted in the last five years suggest that a substantial proportion of waterborne disease outbreaks, both microbial and chemical, are attributable to problems within distribution systems,” said the National Research Council in a report released in December for the Environmental Protection Agency.


There are 170,000 public water distribution systems at work nationwide, and municipalities spend more than $50 million each year to supply clean drinking water in accordance with the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974.


“If you clean up water and then put it into a dirty pipe, there’s not much point,” said Montana State University microbiologist and water research scientist, Timothy Ford. “I consider the distribution system to be the highest risk and the greatest problem we are going to be facing in the future,” said Ford.


Jack Hossbuhr, executive director of the American Water Works Association, estimates that the cost of replacing existing pipelines over the next 20 to 30 years is going to cost water utility companies some $250 to $350 billion.


Some critics of current water delivery techniques feel that replacing the infrastructure is not a total solution.


“I advise everyone to avoid drinking water from the tap, no matter how clean the city claims it to be,” said consumer health advocate Mike Adams. “Even when cities claim their water is clean, they may still add toxic fluoride chemicals and chlorine, which we know promotes bladder cancer. Filtering your water is crucial for protecting your health.”