- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 8, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Thank you for highlighting the ridiculous expense of bottled water and terrible long-range pollution of the bottles themselves (“Plastic, plastic everywhere,” Citizen Journalism, Community, Tuesday). A popular consumer magazine has stated repeatedly (as you did) that the bottled-water business is largely unregulated. It also has done many “taste tests” pitting popular brands of bottled water against water from municipal water supplies. It generally has not found any differences, and those it has found have been minor. The conclusion in every article I have read is that bottled water is a colossal waste of money and resources. Even many of the upscale eateries in Bethesda have switched to filtered water, citing the benefits, which include no pollution and much lower cost to their customers. Maybe someone can find out just what it is about bottled water that makes it so irresistible to so many people.

L. ANDREW FUNT

President and CEO

Biofilm Innovations Group LLC

Bethesda

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