Waves of News About Water

TreeHugger is not a fan of bottled water, and we note that the movement to promote tap water has been growing by leaps and bounds. In Ontario, Canada, the government is about to start taxing it, having previously promised "Companies that want to take oil from the ground or trees from the forest have to pay for that privilege. ... But when companies want to bottle our water or export it as part of other products, the [previous] government gives it to them free and without any consideration of the impact on local aquifers,We will end this reckless giveaway." ::Star

In San Francisco, Chez Panisse has banned the bottle and has installed a carbonator so that it can serve San Francisco's finest flat or bubbly. "Our whole goal of sustainability means using as little energy as we have to. Shipping bottles of water from Italy doesn't make sense," says Mike Kossa-Rienzi, general manager of Chez Panisse.::SF Gate

Our favourite source of the latest news on bottled water, Fine Waters: The Water Connoisseur doesn't think much of this, complaining about "imposing a "no choice policy" when it comes to water." which we expected, but as a last ditch measure they have a suggestion worth noting: "Instead of embracing tap water Chez Panisse and other restaurants could have developed a relationship with a number of local bottlers of a natural spring water in the same way as Alice Waters has pioneered it with sourcing local food products." Right. What is more local than tap water? ::Fine Waters


In the New York Times, we read that the water wars are coming back to the west- Nevada, Arizona , Utah and Colorado all fighting over who gets what from the Colorado river.

"Everywhere in the West, along the Colorado and other rivers, as officials search for water to fill current and future needs, tempers are flaring among competing water users, old rivalries are hardening and some states are waging legal fights.

In one of the most acrimonious disputes, Montana filed a suit in February at the United States Supreme Court accusing Wyoming of taking more than its fair share of water from the Tongue and Powder Rivers, north-flowing tributaries of the Yellowstone River that supply water for farms and wells in both states." ::New York Times

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