Apr 26 2010
In June, 2007, Mayor Gavin Newsom signed an order banning the use of City money to buy single-serving bottled water. He said at the time that the tap water of the City of San Francisco, which comes from Hetch Hetchy reservoir in Yosemite, was cleaner than a lot of the bottled water that was called “pure.” In addition, he pointed out that bottled water was a great stress on the environment.
In the movie below, the woman explains how bottled water has become so popular. She explains that the soft drink companies needed another way to improve their profits, so they decided to sell bottled water. They “manufactured demand” for it. That means they advertised in ways that would make people want something that they really didn’t need. Among the things they did was to try and make people afraid to drink the water that comes out of the tap. However, even some of the bottled water that is sold is just filtered tap water. And many blind taste tests (where people don’t know which water is tap water and which is bottled) show that tap water tastes better. In some countries, it is true that tap water is not safe to drink; however, in San Francisco, the water is very good.
Carrying tap water with you requires a little bit of planning. You can buy a reusable water bottle and fill it before you leave your house. It would save you a lot of money too.
I think the following movie is worth seeing, but it might be hard to understand. There are some things you can do to make it easier. First, the woman talks fast, but there are also subtitles. You can make the picture (and the subtitles) bigger if you press the Ctrl button on the keyboard, hold it down, and push the + key. You can also stop and start the movie at any time, or go back to see something you missed. Ask if you need help.
Here is the rather long movie about bottled water:
You can probably guess that there are two sides to this argument, and which side I am on! How about you? What do you think about bottled water? Do you use it a lot? Do you drink tap water? Is the tap water in your country safe to drink?