Last week, I became ill with a 24-hour gastrointestinal infection. I have no idea how I came down with it, but as I was recovering I thought about a documentary I saw a month or so ago. It's called "FLOW," and it is about the looming water crisis in our world.
The risk of microbial disease associated with drinking water is presently a priority concern among North American water jurisdictions. Numerous past outbreaks, together with recent studies suggesting that drinking water may be a substantial contributor to endemic (non-outbreak related) gastroenteritis, demonstrate the vulnerability of many North American cities to waterborne diseases and have fuelled ongoing debates in Canada and the United States concerning the need for stricter water quality guidelines, changes in watershed management policies, and the need for additional water treatment.
If you think drinking bottled water is a solution, according to this documentary, there's even less oversight in the bottled water industry. I am cutting down on my bottled water consumption for that reason, as well as the concerns about harmful chemicals in plastics and environmental impact.