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bottled water

bottled water

Water, water, every where,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

In a new report, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officially blamed the drilling company EnCana for contaminating groundwater outside Pavillion, Wyoming using the natural gas drilling method known as fracking. The process involves pumping a mixture of sand, water, and chemicals deep into the ground to crack the bedrock and release pockets of methane.

This is a step in the right direction, but the ruling is specific to Pavillion and does not apply to Pennsylvania’s more than 1,600 Marcellus wells. Here are some things you can do today to help fight fracking and create clean water in Pennsylvania.

Bottle Waste

Bottle Waste

Of course, if your water is contaminated by fracking, you have no choice but to use bottled water. The production of water bottles uses 17 million barrels of oil a year, and it takes three times the water to make the bottle as it does to fill it. To drink the recommended eight glasses of water a day from a tap costs about $.49 per year; while the same amount of bottled water costs about $1,400 and creates tons of plastic waste.

The Grand Canyon National Park, which contains pure untainted water, almost, but not quite, implemented a ban on the sale of disposable water bottles, the biggest culprit of trash in the park. Coca-Cola, donator of more than $13 million to the National Park Foundation stepped in and bottles of water are still being sold throughout the park.

In developing countries, approximately one in eight people lack access to safe water supplies and sanitation. Our American five-minute shower uses more water than a poor person in a developing country uses in a whole day. Water.org is a U.S. nonprofit organization committed to providing safe drinking water and sanitation to people in developing countries and check out this list of other organizations working on water and sanitation issues in countries around the world.



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