Photograph taken Jan 20, 2011.
Take their water, package it in poison, then sell it back to them. The World Water Market is currently grossing 7 billion dollars per year. Corporations have pumped municipal water supplies dry and are selling it back to us at a 1900% mark up. Pristine environments in small communities are being purchased and towns, once sustained by an abundance of water, are now seeing devastating effects on lake, river, wetland, and creek levels, which inevitably leads to struggling human, wildlife, and plant populations. Unfortunately, that’s just the beginning. The water bottles, with their “pure” image, are made from Polyethelyne terephthalate (PET estrogen synthetic), Pyrozoline (pesticide and carcinogen), and Diethylhydroxylamine (DEHA a carcinogen). In the communities where the bottles are manufactured, cancer, birth defects, and disease rates are immensely higher. Therefore, the air, earth, and water are being contaminated with carcinogens (cancer causing agents) by self serving corporations (Coke, Pepsi, Nestle, and many others) for the pleasure of your dollar. Once out in the world, the contamination continues. The plastic from the water bottles begin to degrade and leach the hazardous chemicals into our ground water. Not to mention, the ocean is becoming a sickening plastic soup. Profits are being made while we are living with toxic environments and bloodstreams. Strangely, the FDA has assigned but one person to the health and safety of bottled water. Even more shocking, bottled water companies are not required to make the results of their water tests public.
Cities around the U.S. test and retest their water multiple times a day in order to make sure it is safe enough for the public. We have the power to make the system of getting this life-giving staple to the people even safer by fostering the health of our waterways.