Bottling water from drought areas? 2 graphics

by | Aug 26, 2014 | Justice and Peace

Final-CA-bottling-map_2Bottling water from drought areas?- 2 graphics

Mother Jones writes … Bottled-water drinkers, we have a problem: There’s a good chance that your water comes from California, a state experiencing the third-driest year on record. Aquafina and Dasani, simply treat tap water—the same stuff that comes out of your faucet at home—and bottle it up. (Weird, right?)

For people in other parts of the US it may not be a problem. But it is in California.

The Daughters of Charity, among other members of the Sisters of Charity Federation and women religious, have been raising this issue for years.

The map above shows the sources of water for four big-name companies that bottle in California. Aquafina and Dasani “sources” are the facilities where tap water is treated and bottled, whereas Crystal Geyser and Arrowhead “sources” refer to the springs themselves.

In the grand scheme of things, the amount of water used for bottling in California is only a tiny fraction of the amount of water used for food and beverage production—plenty of other bottled drinks use California’s water, and a whopping 80 percent of the state’s water supply goes toward agriculture. But still, the question remains: Why are Americans across the country drinking bottled water from drought-ridden California?

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