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This year is California's third driest year on record. Cities across the state, including San Francisco, have begun or are considering enforcing rationed water use to ease the burden. In January, Governor Jerry Brown asked Californians to do their part and voluntarily reduce water use by 20 percent.
Although people are doing their part for water conservation, many water companies continue to bottle and export water at record levels to keep up with demand. While bottled water production pales in comparison to California's agricultural industry when it comes to water use, it's still worth noting how much is being used by Arrowhead, Aquafina, Crystal Geyser and other big brands.
So why are these companies contributing to the bottled water industry, which, nation-wide, produced 12 billion gallons of water in 2012? Why not, say, scale back for the sake of conservation? Well, these are corporations after all and are driven by profits. Some of these companies were founded long before California started experiencing such dry rainy seasons. In addition, California is one of the few states in the U.S. without heavy regulation when it comes to harvesting groundwater. If you find a ground source and start bottling, the state has little oversight to make sure you are doing so in an environmentally conscious way.
How are you conserving water this summer? Do you think these water companies should be more environmentally responsible? Let us know in the comments below.
Bottled Water Comes From The Most Drought-Ridden Places in the Country (via Mother Jones)
"Bottled-water drinkers, we have a problem: There's a good chance that your water comes from California, a state experiencing the third-driest year on record."
Beverage Companies Using Bay Area Tap Water, While Residential Customers Face Mandatory Restrictions (via KCBS)
"California is facing one of its severest droughts on record and residential water customers have been asked to conserve wherever they can."
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"Our geologists discovered remote, protected locations with water of remarkable quality and purity... but that is only the first step."
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