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Grabbing Water From Future Generations: Many of the world's aquifers are being pumped dry to support unsustainable agriculture.

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Fred Pearce in India for National Geographic News originally published November 30, 2012.  This piece is part of Water Grabbers: A Global Rush on Freshwater, a special National Geographic Freshwater News series on how grabbing land—and water—from poor people, desperate governments, and

U.S. Bottled Water Sales Are Booming (Again) Despite Opposition

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Despite organized anti-bottled-water campaigns across the country and a noisy debate about bottled water’s environmental impact, Americans are buying more bottled water than ever.

In 2011, total bottled water sales in the U.S. hit 9.1 billion gallons — 29.2 gallons of bottled water per person, according to sales figures from Beverage Marketing Corp.

New Book WATER MATTERS

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From Alternet, one of the most important alternative news sources:

With Black Friday approaching, many Americans will be rushing to the store to buy, buy, buy — and many others may be proudly staying away, swearing off the pressure to consume. But when it comes to water, we're all avid consumers — and not just during the holidays. We need to drink it every day just to survive, and it's necessary for growing our food, keeping ourselves clean, and powering our cars and homes, too.

Bottled Water News is Everywhere

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Even the NY Times!  Reported September 28 in Times Topics:

Those eight daily glasses of water you're supposed to drink for good health? They will cost you $0.00135 -- about 49 cents a year -- if you take it from a New York City tap.

Study: Bottled Water No Safer Than Tap Water

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via ABC News - By Mark Baumgartner   Bottled water is the world's fastest growing beverage, but consumers would be better served by simply turning on the tap, asserts an environmental group.

Bottlers of water generally capitalize on consumer concerns about municipal water supplies, creating demand for their product via an association with pristine environs. Some bottled waters, however, differ from tap water merely by being distributed in bottles rather than through pipes, according to a report commissioned by Switzerland-based World Wildlife Fund International.

Bottled Water is a Source of Bisexuality?

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While filming the latest season Celebrity Rehab, the Baywatch hunk, Jeremy Jackson, known as Hobie, claims that bottled water is a source of bisexuality. Yes, you read that correctly, Jeremy Jackson believes the chemicals in bottled water will alter his heterosexuality and cause him to desire with other men. Keep in mind, Jackson is on the popular reality rehab show to nix his addiction to cattle tranquilizer steroids.

AOL Savings Experiment: Break Your Bottled Water Habit and Save

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Barbara Thau - Mar 8th 2011
Bottled water? That's so '80s.  (Watch the video )
The $14.4 billion bottled-water market has come under fire for being environmentally incorrect as those discarded plastic containers keep piling up in landfills.
What is your primary source of water?

The Tap

A Filter

Bottled Water

A delivery service

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Mecosta County, Michigan Takes Action

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Mecosta County, Michigan, lies at the center of a water issue that is only beginning to be heard in the bottled water debate: should a multinational be allowed to privatize a public resource?

When Nestle announced plans to build a water bottling plant in Mecosta in 2000, some residents were alarmed.

And – it turns out – with good cause.Stop Nestle WatersStop Nestle Waters

Village in India Evacuates to Protest Bottled Water Plant

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via Blogsite Inside the Bottle:
This story from India shows what lengths local populations will go through to protect water resources.
People leave village protesting mineral water
July 6, 2010, The Times of India

New book "Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water"

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Peter Gleick is the President of the Pacific Institute based out of Oakland, California. Gleick is an engineer (PhD, Energy and Resources, UC Berkeley) and is an internationally recognized water expert. His new book "Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water" (published by Island Press) is all about the politics, economics and science of bottled water. Moreover, the book addresses marketing and advertising of bottled water, bottled water claims, the growing revolt against bottled water etc.