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Activists in Pennsylvania Thwart Three Privatization Attempts

By Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Watch

Last week, the Mt. Jewett Borough Water Authority Board in Mt. Jewett, Pennsylvania announced it would deny requests from two separate private companies, American Water and Aqua America, to purchase its water system.

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The Denominator Problem and misleading water numbers

By Dr. Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute.

I’m a believer in the power of facts and numbers to help make public policy. I believe that without good science and without good numbers, it is difficult to make good public policy. And it is impossible to make good public policy with bad numbers.

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Defending Water for Life in the US (KGNU radio)

Emily Posner in Maine

“A Public Affair” for Aug. 24, 2009: Interview with Lee Hart, Emily Wurth of Food & Water Watch, and Emily Posner of Defending Water for Life in Maine (25 min., KGNU Colorado Community Radio).

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Are We Finally Weaning Off the Bottle?

By Luanne Bradley, EcoSalon

Bottled water sales have dropped for the first time in at least five years as a result of vocal environmentalists sparing the landfill and a recession that has consumers giving tap water a shot.

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Influential Common Ground Fair (ME) bans bottled water sales

By David Carkhuff, Portland Daily Sun

“Our focus is really on eliminating the waste of all of the plastic water bottles,” explained Jim Ahearne, director of the Common Ground Country Fair, about the decision to ban bottled-water sales.

The fair is not just another event. Organized by the state’s largest organics group and heavily identified […]

Should Water Be Legislated as a Human Right?

Inter Press Service -The growing commercialisation of water – and the widespread influence of the bottling industry worldwide – is triggering a rising demand for the legal classification of one of the basic necessities of life as a human right.

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Bottled Water Boom Appears Tapped Out

By Ylan Q. Mui, Washington Post, Aug. 13, 2009

Sales of bottled water have fallen for the first time in at least five years, assailed by wrathful environmentalists and budget-conscious consumers, who have discovered that tap water is practically free.

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Flagstaff (AZ) mayor says no to Nestle water-bottling deal

By Joe Ferguson, Arizona Daily Sun

The city of Flagstaff will not be selling millions of gallons of spring water from the San Francisco Peaks to a bottled-water subsidiary of the Nestle Co.

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Developing water regulations in Wells, ME

By Steve Bodnar, SeacoastOnline, Aug. 6, 2009

WELLS — Two ordinances written to define who has rights to water — and how much of it — have been at the center of debate in town for months.

However, after one was rejected by voters in May, town officials now only are mulling the other plan: […]

Maine Communities Fight Nestle Over Water, and Win! (audio)

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Poland Spring abandons plan to extract water in Shapleigh, Sanford News Water bottler retreats from Newfield, Kennebunk Post […]