posted on Jul, 6 2007 @ 07:42 PM
The environmental disaster known as Fiji Spring Water.
Ahhh water, the liquid of life. Most people take it for granted and never give it much thought. But the water you may be drinking could very well be
an environmental disaster.
Bottled spring water barely existed 30 years ago but today it is a 16 Billion dollar industry in the US alone. But when one looks closer the purity of
the business fades to an ugly black. While one out of six people in the world today have no dependable, safe drinking water, you may be drinking water
that leads to even more pollution. Take Fiji spring water, perhaps one of the worst examples. It is billed as pristine water from the source in the
Islands of Fiji. First they have to ship cargo loads of plastic bottles to the island. Then with the help of three large diesel generators, as the
island does not have constant electrical generation, they pump the bottles full around the clock, in a haze of diesel exhaust. Then they ship those
bottles across the pacific, to the West coast of the US. By the time it reaches the swanky hot spots of NYC they have burned enough fuel to light up
the city. Each year we pitch into landfills 38 billion bottles, or an excess of $1 billion worth of nice and toxic plastic. Meanwhile back on the
island of Fiji you average home does not have safe dependable drinking water. Kurth Reynolds, who was in Fiji not long ago for a wedding was told not
to drink the tap water. As he suggests:
Try searching for (rakiraki youth forum fiji water problem), and you'll get a UNESCO report by highschool
students from Fiji complaining about their water. You could shorten the search by including the word "feces"
But it is not just Fiji bottled water that is to blame. No matter which product you buy, the damage is being done. Pumping, bottling and distributing
water is a major waste of resources and leads to considerable pollution.
In transportation terms, perhaps the waters with the least environmental impact are Pepsi's Aquafina and Coke's Dasani. Both start with municipal
water. Sadly, in most municipalities, the water from your tap is just as pure if not better.
In San Francisco, the municipal water comes from
inside Yosemite National Park. It's so good the EPA doesn't require San Francisco to filter it. If you bought and drank a bottle of Evian, you could
refill that bottle once a day for 10 years, 5 months, and 21 days with San Francisco tap water before that water would cost $1.35. Put another way, if
the water we use at home cost what even cheap bottled water costs, our monthly water bills would run $9,000.
A simple filter on your tap will often provide better water quality than you will find in a bottle of 'spring water.'
Where the drinking water
is safe, bottled water is simply a superfluous luxury that we should do without
Next time you reach for a bottle of 'spring water' stop and think for a moment and then simply carry around a bottle of filtered tap water. Every
choice you make in life is an important one.
Message in a Bottle