…some restaurants are stopping its sale, one bottle at a time…
The Washington Post reported yesterday that some restaurants are no longer selling bottled water. New York’s Del Posto does not allow sharing/selling bottled Perrier or San Pellegrino. The compelling argument relates to the absurdity of moving water all over the world, as well as costs involved in transportation and packaging, not to mention the environmental debris that results, such that beverage companies like Coca Cola, Pepsi, Nestle etc., are seeing their sales drop while negative consumer and environmental movements gain the upper hand.
Morevoer, water scarcity is raising fears that prices could increase down the road. “Water is the new oil,” said Steve Dixon, who manages the Global Beverage Fund at Arnhold & S. Bleichroeder, repeating what has become a mantra as climate change and population growth tax water supplies.
Statistics show that about 33% of the world’s people live in water-stressed/water-scarce areas; the percentage likely to rise as the years pass. Thus issues of sustainability will become more challenging as more and more water will need to be harvested to meet the demand…if it rises.
Water is still cheap, but that is changing.”It is currently not a very big cost. The issue is where it will it go in the future,” said Andy Wales, head of sustainable development for brewer SABMiller, which used 94.5 billion liters of water in its latest fiscal year. That works out to 4.5 liters for every liter of beer it made.
Water scarcity and its relationship to the Millennium Development Goals
One of the targets (3) is to halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation. The steps being taken now at the individual level could go a long way towards meeting this goal.
ENSURE ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes and reverse the loss of environmental resources
- Immediate action is needed to contain rising greenhouse gas emissions
- Success in limiting ozone-depleting substances is also helping to mitigate climate change
Reduce biodiversity loss, achieving, by 2010, a significant reduction in the rate of loss
- Marine areas and land conservation need greater attention
- Deforestation slows and more forests are designated for biodiversity conservation
- The number of species threatened with extinction is rising rapidly
- Fish stocks require improved fisheries management to reduce depletion
Halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation
- Almost half of the world’s population face a scarcity of water
- More people are using improved sanitation facilities, but meeting the target will require a redoubling of efforts
- In developing regions, nearly one in four uses no form of sanitation
- Though access to improved drinking water has expanded, nearly one billion people do without
- Women shoulder the largest burden in collecting water
By 2020, to have achieved a significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers