21 Dec 2009

Speed Blogging

  • Coke is introducing bio-plastic bottles (yay!) for bottled water (boo!)
  • Brisbane writes a case study on saving water (from 87 gallons/capita/day down to 34 gcd). Mostly conservation measures and some harsh pricing.
  • As Sewers Fill, Waste Poisons Waterways. Agencies complain that they cannot afford fines. Fine 'em and rebate the money back to ALL wastewater treatment facilities (per capita, naturally); then you will see the end of spills.
  • Chile's water market [pdf] has brought both equity (more households covered, with subsidized rates for low use) and efficiency (in agricultural and urban water use).
  • The privatization at Cochabamba can also be blamed on local corruption and vested interests [pdf]
  • Factoid: In 2009, 12 percent of the world's population had private water or serage service. The shares are 45% in W Europe, 22% in N. America and only 1% in S/C Asia. China had 8% of the private sector's clients in 1989. It's now 38%.
Hattip to DW


  1. WaterSourceWaterBank22 Dec 2009, 01:10:00

    Sewer article ...

    I strongly suggest that everyone READ IT !

    We are in deep doo doo and I don't have a solution ...

  2. Do the biodegradable bottles actually degrade in landfills? Most landfills lack the sunshine and oxygen to do the degradation that is claimed.

  3. Eric is right: you can find 50 year-old cabbages in those!

  4. WaterSourceWaterBank22 Dec 2009, 17:50:00

    Just because up to 30% of the ingredients for the new ( May, 2009 ) Coke bottles are from plant based materials does not necessarily make the bottles fully recyclable as claimed by Coke.

    If there are any plastic bottle makers out there who would like a much "better idea" ... I have one.


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