Prof. Dr. Holger Kersten
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik



Water in American Culture
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This is the online version of NRDC's March 1999 petition to the FDA and attached report on the results of our four-year study of the bottled water industry, including its bacterial and chemical contamination problems. The petition and report find major gaps in bottled water regulation and conclude that bottled water is not necessarily safer than tap water. The online version contains all of the report's text, tables and figures; it does not include the accompanying Technical Report or additional attachments to the petition.

"Water, Water, Everywhere – Bottled Water Market in the US." Industry Overview, Statistical Data Included. American Demographics, Oct 1, 2001

Chris Baskind. "5 Reasons Not to Drink Bottled Water." Health + Spirit (Tuesday, 19 June 2007)

Anne Christiansen Bullers. "Bottled Water: Better Than the Tap?" U.S. Food and Drug Administration FDA Consumer magazine (July-August 2002).

Janet Majeski Jemmott. "Bottled Water Vs. Tap Water: Chemicals, contaminants, pollution, price: new reasons to rethink what you drink and beware of bottled water."

Drinking Water Information: Bottled Water or Tap Water? (from Environment, Health and Safety Online)

Special issue of Our Planet, UNEP’s magazine for environmentally sustainable development. Each issue of Our Planet concentrates on one specific theme, tying into international conferences (the 10th anniversary of the Basel Convention), meetings (the Commission on Sustainable Development), events (World Environment Day), or dealing with issues of our time (Water or Climate Change). – Our Planet contains articles by leaders of United Nations organizations, national governments, non-governmental organizations, experts, business leaders and opinion formers. Our Planet reports on international developments and action. It reviews current thinking, suggests solutions, and debates the key issues of environmentally sustainable development.

The National Wildlife Federation's report called Crossroads: Congress, The Corps of Engineers and the Future of America's Water Resources (Adobe PDF document, 3 Mb) outlines some of the most damaging projects and provides recommendations for greening the Corps.

American Rivers – American Rivers is the only national organization standing up for healthy rivers so our communities can thrive. Through national advocacy, innovative solutions and our growing network of strategic partners, we protect and promote our rivers as valuable assets that are vital to our health, safety and quality of life.

Founded in 1973, American Rivers has more than 65,000 members and supporters nationwide, with offices in Washington, DC and the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, Midwest, Southeast, California and Northwest regions.

  Quotations on Water
  The Mississippi River

  The Driest Season: America's Drought  
  The Driest Season: America's Drought (Interactive Map)  
    Atlanta Suffers as Southeast Drought Continues (ABC News)
    Georgia Drought
    Conserve Water, Georgia!
    Atlanta Water Shortage
  Wastewater Could Help Fight U.S. Drought—and Anthrax
  Las Vegas Tries to Prevent a Water Shortage
Founded in 1881, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) is the world’s oldest and largest nonprofit scientific and educational society dedicated to the improvement of water quality and supply. AWWA’s more than 57,000 members represent the full spectrum of the drinking water community: treatment plant operators and managers, scientists, environmentalists, manufacturers, academicians, regulators, and others who hold genuine interest in water supply and public health. Membership includes more than 4,700 utilities that supply water to roughly 180 million people in North America.
How Americans use their water supply
Smart Strategies & New Tech for Turning the Tap on Water Waste
WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, seeks to help families and businesses realize that they can reduce water use by 20 to 30 percent by doing just a few simple things, such as upgrading to higher quality, more efficient products.
What is your water footprint?
WaterPartners International is a U.S.-based nonprofit organization committed exclusively to providing safe drinking water and sanitation to people in developing countries
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