By Elizabeth Royte
“An enticing research of an abruptly murky substance…After you learn it you'll sip warily out of your water bottle.”—New York occasions ebook overview
Bottled water is at the verge of changing into the most well-liked beverage within the nation. yet what’s the cost of all this water—for us and for the surroundings? during this eye-opening booklet, Elizabeth Royte does for water what Michael Pollan did for foodstuff: She examines the folk, machines, economies, and cultural traits that encompass it on its trip from far-off aquifers to our supermarkets and houses. She seems on the quite a few resources of ingesting water (including the embattled Maine city that Poland Spring exports from), the chemical compounds we sell off into it to make it potable, and the genuine variations among faucet and bottled. Bottlemania is the tale of 1 of the best advertising and marketing coups of the 20 th century—and probably the most troubling concerns dealing with our surroundings this present day. With a brand new afterword at the constructing concerns in fresh water worldwide.
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