The Consumption Of Bottled Water

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water industry produces a product that is unnecessary and the government should be working on implementing better infrastructure instead of letting corporations fill the void. Global Level Worldwide trends of bottled water are increasing in recent years impacting various regions of the globe. Researchers noticed the links made between obesity problem in the West and increased consumption of soft drinks reinforce the growth of bottled water, therefore, Americans are turning towards bottled water to fill their needs. North America, in particular, the United States usage of bottled water continues to accelerate at rapid rates. Millions of Americans prefer bottled water for hydration, which is becoming a substitution instead of tap water.…show more content…
In 2000, Coca- Cola under its Indian subsidiary Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages Private Limited, started operations for a bottling plant in the village of Plachimada. Over the next few years, residents in the area, mainly ingenious groups and farmers complained about the water containing toxins. According to the villagers the water was either milky white, or blackish colored. The water’s appearance along with a foul smell demonstrated it to be unsuitable to drink. In addition, many of the villagers attributed stomach aches from drinking the water and farmers cited crop yields decreasing. Thousands protested Coca-Colas Plachimada plant, claiming the groundwater was being depleted and their farms pumped dry. NGOs and other third parties came to the Plachimada testing the water and found pesticide residues caused by Coca-Cola’s bottling plant. The evidence prominently demonstrates Coca-Cola’s human rights violation of poisoning the water as a byproduct of water extraction and unethical business practices. On August 2003, the Kerala High Court ordered Coke to stop supplying waste to the adjoining areas. Coupled with the immediately recover all waste and store it in safe containment. Ultimately, the Kerala High Court ruled for Coca-Cola to shut down its Plachimada plant and find a new location. Coca-Cola extracted up to one million liters of water per day in different areas of India, but Plachimada caused the severest complications for the
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