Your Call: Why are bottled water companies allowed to take water from drought-ridden California?

May 6, 2015

  

On the May 6th edition of Your Call, we continue our weeklong series on California’s water crisis by talking about the $110 billion bottled water industry.

Arrowhead, Crystal Geyser, Dasani, and others sell water from California. Americans bought 50 billion plastic water bottles last year. Nearly two-thirds of those bottles are not recycled. Why do so many Americans buy bottled water? And what do you want to know about this multi-billion dollar industry? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.

Guests:

Joe Doss, president and CEO of the International Bottled Water Association

Mark Schlosberg, national organizing director with Food and Water Watch

Caleen Sisk, tribal chief of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe

Web resources:

Desert Sun: Bottling Water without Scrutiny

Guardian: Why are we drinking water from the driest parts of California? 

Mother Jones: Starbucks wants you to feel good about drinking up California's precious water

Merced Sun-Star: Concerns grow over Safeway plant in Merced bottling and selling groundwater