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Sure, water is good for us, but sometimes the delivery methods aren't so good for the planet.
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Consumer Reports — water articles: www.greenerchoices.org/pcategories.cfm?pcat=food
Seattle Public Utilities drinking-
water report: www.seattle.gov/util/waterqualityreport
Mayo Clinic — water needs: www.mayoclinic.com/health/water/NU00283
Activists, governments and the bottled-water industry have engaged in a giant water fight for the past two years, extensively reported by the media. By now, many consumers know that the mass marketing of water in single-use bottles has environmental consequences, and that some reusable water bottles may pose health risks.
But at this time of year, when our bodies especially need water, many of us still find ourselves confused about the safest, greenest ways to drink it. Today we'll satisfy the thirst for answers as we address common consumer questions about water bottles.