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Monday, September 15, 2008

Water is the New Oil

New stories about water. The Financial Times reports that sales of bottled water are decreasing. In a companion story, the FT reports that companies manufacturing reusable bottles are gaining.

With respect to water quality, Associated Press updated its report on drugs in drinking water. Last March, AP reported that approximately 41 million Americans are affected by trace amount of pharmaceuticals in drinking water. AP's new story is that the number of affected individuals is now up to 46 million. Hospitals and nursing homes contribute to this problem, according to a report in the Wisconsin State Journal. Generally, there appears to be no legal prohibition to treating the water supply like a trash can.

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