Sunday, February 17, 2008

U.K. starts the War On Water

Environmental nannyism decides what's moral and immoral:
Drinking bottled water should be made as unfashionable as smoking, according to a government adviser.

"We have to make people think that it's unfashionable just as we have with smoking. We need a similar campaign to convince people that this is wrong," said Tim Lang, the Government's naural resources commissioner.

Phil Woolas, the environment minister, added that the amount of money spent on mineral water "borders on being morally unacceptable".

Their comments come as new research shows that drinking a bottle of water has the same impact on the environment as driving a car for a kilometre. Conservation groups and water providers have started a campaign against the £2 billion industry.

A BBC Panorama documentary, "Bottled Water: Who Needs It?", to be broadcast tomorrow says that in terms of production, a litre bottle of Evian or Volvic generates up to 600 times more CO2 than a litre of tap water.
Water. Your body is 70% of it. If you don't drink it, you die. But they decide how you drink it, and they decide what to put into the government swill coming out of the tap.

via Samizdata


  1. I can see where this is going.

    First you villify it, then tax thr chit out of it.........for the children, ya know.

  2. I bet I could go into Phil Woolas' house and find a dozen things I find wasteful and immoral.

  3. Want to be Green without dying of thirst? Buy Dasani - it's just tap water anyway.

  4. For some incomprehensible reason, the water here in North Central Florida tastes exceptionally good, a far cry from the slime passing itself off as H2O back in Iowa where it was imperative to purchase bottled water or find oneself ill time and again. Even folks like I who detest the very idea of paying for simple water are forced to do so when the government brand simply sucks.

    Looks like the Brit(tles)will be paying a helluva lot more for their bottled stuff once the government gets done taxing it to make it greener.

  5. Any San Antonians out there remember Artesia? From what I recall, that was just San Antonio Water System tap water put in a bottle and sold in stores! And locals actually bought it, not realizing it was the same stuff that came out of their faucets!

    Which just goes to show, the water here in S.A. is pretty good. As "fits" said above, some municipalities really have crappy water, and you pretty much have to drink bottled water. But here, you can enjoy a tall, cool glass of water right out of the tap.

  6. I hate San Antonio's water. It's gritty and it tastes bad. I only drink it during the summer when I have to drink from people's hydrants or die. I guess if you're used to it, it's okay. I carry at least a half gallon of water all the time in my truck, which is plenty to get me by during cooler weather.

    Think of it this way. How would you like it if the government told you that they were going to furnish your water, you would pay what they told you to pay, and if you tried to drink some other water you would be punished by monetary fines and treated as a social outcast? Because that's what this government goon is suggesting.

  7. SA water is a good sourse of calcium and dead brine shrimp.