London may soon follow in the footsteps of Bundanoon, the Australian town that last week banned bottled water and set up drinking fountains for thirsty locals.
The capital’s first water stations will be set up this month in a move that could have serious repercussions for the £1.5bn-a-year bottled water industry, with companies finding it increasingly difficult to justify their carbon footprint as the quality of tap water improves.
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I was bemoaning the lack of drinking fountains yesterday and remembering an article I read about the ban on bottles water in Bundanoon and then saw this article on the very subject in the Observer a few hours later.
I was flying back from Ancona in Italy to London and, again, got really pissed off at the cost of water in airports, especially in light of the fact that that you are no longer able to take liquids onto flights.
It seems utterly ridiculous that civilisations for thousands of years have been able to provide drinking water fountains for the public when now, due to the lack of fountains, we are forced to buy bottled drinking water that has been imported from France, Iceland, Italy or wherever. Really, when you think about it, it is fucking mad, transporting water hundreds and even thousands of miles when it exists all around us. It’s not cheap either, especially when compared to the cost of water from that tap.