Worrying about a tidal wave of water bottles

What drives me nuts is the trail of flattened, crushed and glinting plastic bottles left in the wake of all this hydration. The bottles are problem from cradle to grave. During production and distribution, the energy used to pump, bottle, ship, and chill the millions of bottles water is enormous, especially when contrasted with the highly efficient network of reservoirs, tanks, pipes and spigots that bring water to most homes and buildings in the U.S.

Walking through Times Square on a hot early summer afternoon, I was astounded by the number of tourists gripping bottles of water. It reminded me of a chestnut of New York urban lore. Anyone who has visited inevitably hears it: “We have the best tap water in the country.”

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