Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It by Elizabeth Royte

Read an excerpt of Bottlemania.

Read about Elizabeth Royte, and her books Garbage Land and The Tapir's Morning Bath, both New York Times Notable Books.


Water Links

General Information About Drinking Water

From the Environmental Protection Agency on tap water: General information ( and a FAQ (

And from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

The Environmental Working Group on contaminants in tap water:

The Environmental Working Group's tap water database for local communities (data were collected between 1998 and 2002):

The NRDC on contaminants in tap water:

The EPA on testing for contaminants in well water:

An NRDC report on tap water quality and compliance:

The U.S. Geological Survey on “emerging contaminants” in drinking water:

Information from the Consumer Federation of America on contaminants of concern for vulnerable populations:  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on preventing cryptosporidiosis in vulnerable populations:

The Campaign for Safe and Affordable Drinking Water's “Making Sense of ‘Right to Know' Reports”: .

Consumer Reports on deciphering your consumer confidence report.

The Department of Health and Human Services on the health effects of possible water contaminants:

To find a state-certified lab to test your water, see or call the Safe Drinking Water Hotline, 800/426-4791.

For more information on when or what to test for, see

Physicians for Social Responsibility fact sheets on safe drinking water:

Thinking about buying a water filter?

Consumer Reports video on five top water filters.

Consumer Reports on a filter to avoid.

From Food and Water Watch:

From Grist Magazine:

From Consumer Reports (May 2007), a primer on water-filter types: (Recommendations and ratings available by subscription only).

From the Green Guide and the National Sanitation Foundation:

What's the difference between bottled spring and well water? What's artesian?

How to purify water in an emergency:

Fluoride in your tap water?

In favor:


To learn more about water and privatization:

The Alliance for Democracy:

Blue Planet Project:

Corporate Accountability International:

Defending Water in Maine:  

Food and Watch Watch:

H2O for ME:

McCloud Watershed Council:

Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation

The Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment and Security:

The Polaris Institute:

Save Our Groundwater:

The Sierra Club's Water Privatization Taskforce:

Sweetwater Alliance:

Water Dividend Trust:

Water Waves:

Organizations working to protect public waterways

American Rivers:

The Nature Conservancy:

American Whitewater

Environmental Defense:

Earth Policy Institute:

The Freshwater Society:

The River Network:

Trout Unlimited:

World Wildlife Fund:

Waterkeeper Alliance:

Clean Water Network:

Clean Water Action:

Earth Justice:

League of Conservation Voters:

Clearwater Hudson River Sloop:

Conservation International:

Croton Watershed Clean Water Coalition

Other organizations

International Bottled Water Association:

American Water Works Association:

Water Environment Federation:

Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies:

The Pacific Institute:

On water footprints:

Water movies!


FLOW: For Love of Water (Activists and educators: Get 25% off the retail price of a FLOW DVD by entering the code "watercitizen" at

Blue Gold: Life for Sale

Water Warriors

See also Food and Water Watch's extensive filmography:

Water Blogs


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