I was thinking of turning my system into a business for councils to use, though I still feel I have a few morel issues about using filters, as then you are binding yourself to more corporations, producing more waste as the filter is replaced frequently, chemicals for cleaning…
Well we all know how bad the privatization of water can be…
September 13, 2002 Across America, pipes are cracking, water systems are failing and century-old infrastructure is badly in need of repair. By some estimates, it will cost more than $300 billion to upgrade all of the aging water facilities in the country. Congress is currently considering legislation that would pour money into communities to fix the ailing systems.
This next article shows you the money in water, and the business involved, it doesn’t sound all that bad, but as a water company owns more of the worlds water there is less competition, leading to all sorts of trouble. This is what I wanted to avoid by not having a filter, as there are more issues than the environment at stake. I can’t handle the idea of the monopoly of water, and as good as it having discounted filters and all that, in the case of manly it still feels wrong.
Tap Water Around the World Developing a French Flavor
Another profitable sideline for the French is what might be called industrial water–selling the filters, chemicals and scientific advice that guarantee the likes of Coca-Cola and Starbucks the same quality of water in Perth Amboy, N.J., as in Paris.
(These companies are not involved in selling the bottles of water that millions of Americans have taken to carrying around. But that’s another segment of the water business where Europeans, such as Nestle of Switzerland and Danone of France, are a leading force.)
For Vivendi, the U.S. has become the biggest market outside France, representing 35% of its water business. In California alone, Suez Lyonnaise, via a New Jersey subsidiary, United Water Resources, runs sewage treatment or water recycling plants in the cities of Avalon, Banning and El Segundo. In Burbank, it manages a water reclamation plant, which purifies waste water so it can be sprinkled on lawns and gardens in public parks.
By 2015, according to a Suez Lyonnaise study, the annual revenue for private water management companies in the U.S. market should reach $40 billion. Vivendi sees the U.S. as the most promising market for at least the next decade.
“We Europeans find the water quality in the United States to be bad,” Servent said. “The networks have gotten old, and to compensate, the water is chlorinated to death. It’s funny to us, but when Americans drink the water in Western Europe and they don’t taste chlorine, they’re worried. For the Americans, if it’s not chlorinated, it’s not healthy. In Europe, it’s the opposite.”
This is from the 60 minutes about bottled water, and the questions he answered.
Jon Dee: Do Something has been working with Manly Council to put in place revolutionary new water bubblers that have filters in them, that have been supplied by Culligan Water. These filters give free filtered water that is a good, if not better than bottled water. We are currently communicating with every mayor and waste officer at every council in Australia and are asking them to copy Manly Council by putting these filter bubblers into every community. I would strongly encourage you to ask your local mayor to following the Do Something bottled water campaign.