Drinking Water

As soon as I found out that I would have the opportunity to interview Michael Washburn, the new Sustainability Director of Nestlé Waters, I decided to make that the centerpiece of a new series on The Future of Drinking Water, featuring a number of interviews and guest contributors. Because this issue of clean, safe potable water for everyone is so important, so confusing, and often so passionately argued, particularly around the question of bottled water, it seemed like a great time to take a carefully considered look at the issue from a triple bottom line (people, planet, profit) perspective. I think if we peel apart the issue and some of the feelings associated with it apart, we will find a number of issues: ecological, political, social, economic, medical and psychological all mixed in with what is often portrayed as an environmental question.

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More Charges for Officials Linked to Flint Water Crisis

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No Criminal Charges for Gov. Snyder in Flint Water Crisis

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UNICEF Gamifies Giving Water, S’well Makes Water Bottles Fashionable

To save someone's life, all you have to do is set your phone down for a few minutes, go for a walk and…

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Harvesting Water from Fog: A Solution to Water Scarcity?

Countries are seeking creative solutions to tackle water scarcity. Could fog-harvesting be an option? It appears to be working in southwest Morocco.
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