Bottled Water Is All about Private Profit and Public Cost
THE SCANDAL of Parliament using bottled water goes well beyond the R500 000 wasted by this mindless expenditure ("Parliament spends R500 000 on bottled water," Cape Times June 22).
Framed by climate change, environmental degradation, resource depletion and, in South Africa, already existing water shortages, bottled water begs many serious questions.
Bottled water is a $63 billion (R429bn) global industry. Two hundred and sixty million litres were bottled in South Africa in 2006, with a turnover of R2bn and sales showing a consistently large annual increase since 2001.
An enormous mark-up lies behind the enormous profitability of the industry. The premium …
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Publication information: Article title: Bottled Water Is All about Private Profit and Public Cost. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Cape Times (South Africa). Publication date: June 24, 2011. Page number: 10. © 2009 Independent News & Media PLC. COPYRIGHT 2011 Gale Group.
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