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My kind of school: University of Portland makes a statement, halts bottled water sales

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from Oregon Live's PDX Green - by Carrie Sturrock, The Oregonian   --  If you're thirsty at the University of Portland, find a drinking fountain. Or bring your own water. As of this month, the campus no longer sells it in plastic bottles.

Bottlemania: Big Business, Local Springs, and the Battle Over America’s Drinking Water

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BottlemaniaBottlemaniaBottlemania - Bloomsbury (2009) by Elizabeth Royte - Reviewed by Joseph Nevin

Tap Water Back in London

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In a bid to encourage people to return to humble tap water, London’s Mayor pledged to promote drinking fountains in the city. Now visitors can enjoy a free drink of water (sans the wasteful and polluting plastic bottle) in Trafalgar Square with the installation of a spiffy new granite and brass water fountain.

Although the fountain was originally installed in 1960, it has undergone a major revamp to ensure it provides free water to the thirsty masses.

“Tap Water: Drink of Choice” topic of new PBS segment; latest episode in the “California’s Water” series

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From the Association of California Water Agencies:
“Sacramento, CA – The incredibly high quality of California’s drinking water is the focus of the latest segment of the “California’s Water” series for public television, produced by Huell Howser and underwritten by members of the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA). The new segment debuts Nov. 3 in Sacramento and will air throughout the month on PBS affiliates around the state.

Don't Drink the (Bottled) Water: 'Tapped' Documentary Pulls Plug on Bottled Water Craze

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By Claire Thompson  Grist Magazine, 3 Aug 2009

Tapped, a new documentary about the bottled water industry from director Stephanie Soechtig and the producers of Who Killed the Electric Car? is a pretty damning look at how consumers have been tricked into spending too much money on water packaged in plastic and quite often not as clean as what’s available from the faucet.

Image dousing: Mother Jones takes on Fiji Water

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Worth reading!  Great Article in the Los Angeles Times Business Section blog reporting on Mother Jones' story about the dark side of Fiji Water.  The Mother Jones story itself is a must read: "Obama sips it. Paris Hilton loves it. Mary J. Blige won't sing without it. How did a plastic water bottle, imported from a military dictatorship thousands of miles away, become the epitome of cool?"

Mother Jones: H2Uh-Oh

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From Arrowhead to Volvic, Fiji's not the only bottled water with a PR challenge. —By Jen Phillips
(September/October 2009 Issue)

Sam's Choice (Wal-Mart)
WET REGRET Water comes from the Las Vegas municipal supply. A test by the Environmental Working Group found it had 200% of the allowable trihalomethane, a carcinogen, and included several chemicals known to cause DNA damage.

Tap Campaign Founder Joshua Blackburn on Bottled Water

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As chief instigator of the Tap campaign, Provokateur’s Joshua Blackburn has been asked by ooffoo.com to have an online debate with a spokesman / spin doctor / pr lackey at the British Soft Drinks Association. He just kicked it off with the following article:
>> Is Tap Water Preferable to Bottled Water

Niagara Falls (Canada) Council maintains plastic ban

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Posted By COREY LAROCQUE , NIAGARA FALLS REVIEW STAFF WRITER
Turning Niagara Falls into an environment leader started nearly a year ago when Frank Fohr, learned London (Ontario) had eliminated the sale of of plastic bottles at city-owned facilities.

Fohr, a member of the park in the city committee, sent an email to other members asking if they thought it would fly in Niagara Falls.

In February, Fohr said he was amazed when councillors went further than that, scrapping the sales of all drinks in plastic bottles.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum to discontinue bottled water sales

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Beginning June 1, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum will discontinue sales of bottled water in its restaurant and on its grounds.

Instead, visitors will be offered a free (compostable) cup for filling with clean, filtered tap water widely available at the Arboretum. The gift store and restaurant will also sell reusable plastic water bottles (for roughly the price of a Dasani). Visitors also will be encouraged to bring their own refillable water containers from home.