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I have being busy working on my book, hopefully I can put up something to show everyone tomorrow its very time consuming.

I have also been doing a bit more reading and found this website I have taken two main quote that I thought point out a few good issues. The first is a GPS system of telling where the location of drinking fountains are, if this is something that is really needed the council should be reconsidering the locations. The second is who owns the water, is it acceptable to pay only $2.05 per mega-litre of water a year doesn’t this water belong to a community and then selling it off at $3 a bottle in most food outlet stores?

“David Prater’s current project involves mapping Melbourne’s bubblers (drinking fountains, for the uninitiated), with a view to forcing local councils to repair the faulty ones. he’s toying with an online listing of bubblers, a partnership with a savvy travel guide book company, or possibly an alliance with mobile phone companies and GPS technology providers (who could potentially locate the functional bubblers and alert drinkers as to their whereabouts). He edits Cordite and always carries at least one litre of water wherever he goes.”

“While unfortunately we never did get around to completing (hey, let alone starting) this project, I do think that our city’s bubblers should be preserved for everyone. So I’m very glad that Patrick has taken on this important mission. Let’s face it, as Patrick points out on the site (and in a letter published in last Saturday’s The Age), “… Coca-Cola Amitil pay the shire [of Hepburn] $2.05 per mega-litre of water, which equates to about $95 per year for endless amounts of water. This is theft.”

As I am collating information from my survey I just thought I would put up some of the answers the bottled water alliance received, they interviewed 1000 people (something that I can’t do due to time) though it doesn’t say the location or ages demographic of people.

Perceptions of bottled water
* Over 89% or respondents said they believe bottled water is a costly marketing con, with over 97% saying they believe it is overpriced.
* 80% believe that water has become a fashion accessory for the image conscious. (What does a fashion accessory mean? Are we drinking certain brands over others? Buying the nicer looking bottles? I know we are buying more bottled water these days but I think its more to do with marketing and being a product choice with meals, not that its fashionable.)
* 73% think that people who buy expensive water are naive.
* Over 77% do not believe that bottled water is safer and cleaner than filtered tap water.
* Over 76% were concerned about the impact of bottled water litter on beaches during the summer. (A hard question to interpret as it could be more to do with the visual waste than environmental)
* Over 85% said they did not believe bottled water should cost as much as petrol. (I have no idea why this isn’t almost at 97% (to match the over priced figure) as people always say petrol is over priced and that includes taxes in it. I bet they complain about their water bill when it comes in too.)

Consumption of bottled water
* The current economic turmoil has caused 40% to reconsider buying bottled water. (I don’t think this question is really accurate as those who can afford to buy bottled water every day, say one bottle at $2 would equal $730 wouldn’t stop, as they are least likely to be affected. A person who generally only spends $10 a month wouldn’t have to change their lifestyle at all to fit in one less bottle.)
* 74% of people surveyed report that they spend up to $10 a month on bottled water, while close to 16% say they spend between $11 and $20 per month.

Bubblers/Drinking fountains
* Over 78% percent of people believe there are not enough bubblers available to the public.
* 90% do not know where their local water bubblers are, and do not believe they are easy to find. This is something I am looking into as I believe there needs to be more awareness that they exist and some logic to their location.
* 85% are concerned about the safety or cleanliness of public bubblers.
* 66% said that if greater number and quality of bubblers were available, they would buy less bottled water. This is very interesting, as this is what I am looking into, but it is worded “buy less” which can mean anything as what is buy less, one less bottle, refill up old bottles?

Alternatives to bottled water
* A total of 93% said they used a refillable water bottled at least occasionally, with 22% using them always, and 34% using them most of the time they want a drink.
* Nearly 70% use, or are considering buying, a home water filter.


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