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I strongly support the sinking of your own borehole… I have yet to hear of any major impact on groundwater resources… I’m very relaxed about… I wish it got used more by the Cape Town municipality…

John Weaver, South African National Bottled Water Association

It [a bottle of water] will last five years [if stored properly].

John Weaver, South African National Bottled Water Association

I drink tap water [in addition to bottled water].

John Weaver, South African National Bottled Water Association

Globally, the sale of bottled water increased dramatically over the past decade.

By one estimate, people consume around 200 billion bottles of water per year.

The bottled water industry, however, is not without controversy.

Consumers believe, often falsely, that bottled water is safer to drink than tap water.

The environmental impact, container safety and unease about the origin of water is of concern to many people.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed South African National Bottled Water Association (Sanbwa) Chairperson John Weaver for his weekly “The Science Of” feature.

Sanbwa has a membership list which includes Bonaqua, Valpré and Clover Waters: Nestle Pure Life.

Some Sanbwa members are donating water to drought ravaged Cape Town.

Weaver says the industry has remained during the crisis as 90% of its water comes from renewable groundwater sources.

For more detail; listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for more quotes from it).

We’ve known about the Cape Flats Aquifer for 40 years!

John Weaver, South African National Bottled Water Association

The Table Mountain Group Aquifer… has an enormous volume…

John Weaver, South African National Bottled Water Association

There’s never been a year in which sales has dropped.

John Weaver, South African National Bottled Water Association

Bottled water is not slowing down!

John Weaver, South African National Bottled Water Association

‘Plastic warriors’ have targeted bottled water… but bottled water is only 9% of [bottled beverages]…

John Weaver, South African National Bottled Water Association

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This article first appeared on 702 : 'Boreholes have no major impact on groundwater resources'

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