Boycott Bottle Water

Governments around the globe are officially classifying water as a “need”…downgraded from a “right”. Semantics. Contrary to nature, water is flowing to those with the deepest pockets. Captures, commoditized, and exploited by major corporations (Nestle, PepsiCo, and Coca-Cola) without concern for local populations.

THE BS

  • Bottle water is “safer” than tap water.
  • Bottle water generates tons of landfill waste + shit floating around in the oceans!
  • Bottled water is thousands of times more expensive than tap water
  • Bottled water companies are bullshitting communities into giving up their fresh water
  • “Manufactured Demand”…people waking up to soda being shitty for health. All major soda companies hype of clean, healthy, bottled (tap) water. 2000 times the profits. Be afraid of tap water – be very afraid campaign.

OF COURSE TAP WATER ISN’T NEAR AT ALL SAFE – WHICH IS WHY IT NEEDS OUR ATTENTION. IF YOU’RE NOT AN ACTIVIST SORT. BUY A DECENT HOME FILTERING SYSTEM TO REMOVE CYSTS, PHARMACEUTICALS, CHLORINE, FLUORIDE, ETC. I’LL POST ABOUT GREAT FILTERING SYSTEMS WHEN I COME ACROSS THEM. IF YOU KNOW OF ONE, USE ONE – LEAVE A COMMENT. IF YOU’D LIKE ME TO REVIEW ONE – YES. PLEASE. Here is a good place to start, watersoftenerguide.com


Restricted Access to Water

  • 780 million people live without clean drinking water
  • 2.5 billion people – including almost one billion children – live without basic sanitation
  • More than one-third of Africa’s population lacks access to safe drinking water
  • More than 130 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean lack access to safe drinking water
  • Between 15 and 20 percent of the water used worldwide is NOT for domestic consumption, but export

Water and Disease

  • Every 20 seconds a child under 5 dies from waterborne illnesses
  • Half the world’s hospital beds are occupied by people with an easily preventable water borne disease
  • 80 percent of all sickness and disease worldwide is related to contaminated water, according to the WHO
  • Diarrhea killed more children in the last decade than all armed conflicts since WWII
  • Dirty water kills more children than war, malaria, HIV/AIDS, and traffic accidents combined
  • 75 percent of the people in Latin America and Caribbean suffer from chronic dehydration

Water Quality

  • 90 percent of wastewater produced in underdeveloped countries is discharged (untreated) into local waters
  • 80 percent of China’s major rivers are so degraded that they no longer support aquatic life
  • 90 percent of all groundwater systems under major cities in China are contaminated
  • 75 percent of India’s rivers and lakes are so polluted that they should not be used for drinking or bathing
  • 60 percent of rural Russians drink water from contaminated wells
  • 20 percent of all surface water in Europe is seriously threatened

Water Scarcity (there’s that word again!)

  • More than 400 million Africans now live in water-scarce countries
  • Unless we change our ways, two-thirds of the world’s population will face water scarcity by 2025
  • Compared to today, five times as much land is likely to be under “extreme drought” by 2050
  • By 2030, nearly half of the world’s population – the majority living in underdeveloped countries – will be living in areas of high water stress
  • The percentage of the Earth’s land area stricken by serious drought more than doubled between 1970s and 2005
  • Rapid melting will reduce the Tibetan glaciers by 50 percent every decade, according to the Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • More than two-thirds of Chinese cities will face water shortages
  • 90 percent of the European alpine glaciers are in retreat

UNITED STATES

  • 18 states are currently facing droughts, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor
  • 40 percent of all U.S. water withdrawls are for export
  • Unless measures are taken, California will demand three times more groundwater than can be supploed over the next 100 years
  • Florida, rapid use of groundwater has created thousands of sinkholes that devour anything, houses, cars, and shopping malls, unfortunate enough to be built on top of them
  • The Western U.S. is facing its warmest decades in over 500 years
  • In 2007, Lake Superior, the worlds largest freshwater lake, dropped to its lowest levels in 80 years, and the water has receded more than 15 meter from the shoreline
  • Lake Mead, the vast reservoir of the Colorado River, has a 50 percent change of running dry by 2021

WATER QUALITY (U.S.)

  • 35 percent of the U.S. rivers and streams are too dangerous for fishing or drinking
  • 60 percent of U.S. lakes are too dangerous for swimming or drinking because of massive toxic runoff from industrial farms, intensive livestock operations, and the more than 1 billion pounds of industrial weed killer used through the country each year
  • Two-thirds of U.S. estuaries and bays are moderately to severely degraded
  • Four and a half percent of beaches are closed or under advisory at a given time
  • 1.5 million metric tons of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution are carried by the Mississippi River into the Gulf of Mexico every year

Are Greedy Water Bottlers Stealing Your City’s Drinking Water?

Share your thoughts...