I realize that sending a message to this list about the problems caused by bottled water is preaching to the choir. I hope that the information below can be shared with a broader audience.
There was an interesting article about the energy costs of bottling water on the web site of the journal Science, at http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2009/226/2
By Jackie Grom
Talk about an energy drink. The first comprehensive and peer-reviewed energy analysis of a bottle of water confirms what many environmentalists have charged. From start to finish, bottled water consumes between 1100 and 2000 times more energy on average than does tap water.
The two most energy-intensive categories, the researchers reveal in the current issue of Environmental Research Letters,
Information about the original article from the Environmental Research Letters web site is given below. This journal is available at many university libraries.
Res. Lett. 4 (January-March 2009) 014009
Energy implications of bottled water
P H Gleick and H S Cooley
Pacific Institute, 654 13th Street, Oakland, CA 94612, USA