As the commercial bottled water industry continues to gain momentum, public drinking fountains are disappearing. Water Quality Products Assistant Editor Amy McIntosh spoke with Dr. Peter H. Gleick, cofounder and president of the Pacific Institute, to find out how the institute hopes to encourage users to document and utilize existing public water fountains using the WeTap mobile app.
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Mobile app helps users map drinking fountains
As usual, when we rang in the New Year last month, new rules and regulations took effect — including several concerning the sale of bottled water.
The battle over bottled water can be quite divisive. Its proponents argue that it is a convenient and healthy way to stay hydrated. Its detractors argue that it is expensive and leads to more waste in landfills.
Brita and Sundance Film Festival encourage entertainment business to pass on bottled water
In the last five years, the Brita FilterForGood program has helped stars like Dave Matthews Band and Jason Mraz cut bottled water waste when they are on the road. Now, Brita is extending that rock star treatment to up-and-coming bands, too.
Brita is teaming with Nate Ruess on behalf of Grammy-nominated band fun. and nonprofit REVERB to unveil the FilterForGood Bottle Free Bands program at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins to serve regional spring water in more than 9,600 restaurants
From now on, when patrons of more than 9,600 Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins restaurants across the country reach for a bottle of water, they will be pulling a Nestle Waters product from the cooler. Under the five-year contract between Dunkin' Brands Group Inc., the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, the National DCP, the exclusive supply chain partner for Dunkin' Brands, and Nestle Waters North America, Nestle Waters is now the exclusive bottled water supplier for Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins restaurants nationally.
Limited edition, glass-bottled spring water designed to celebrate the Presidential Inauguration
American Summits has announced the release of collectible, commemorative-labeled, limited edition glass-bottled spring water designed to celebrate the presidential inauguration. The Wyoming-sourced spring water brand, recognizing that as much as 98% of the bottled water sold in U.S. restaurants and hotels is imported, is urging Americans to take pride in the purity of their own wilderness springs on inauguration day and "drink American."
Video highlights how bottled water bans cause “shift in consumption”
The International Bottled Water Assn.'s consumer website has released a new YouTube video, “Meet Norman,” that shows how bottled water bans are having an unintended effect by shifting consumption to less healthy drinks packaged in the same material as bottled water.
Donation made to encourage participants to stay health and hydrated
In Texas, football and those Friday night lights are true to people’s hearts – but the importance of hydration may not always be on the top of the mind. Representatives from Nestlé Pure Life recently visited a local Texas youth and football cheer practice to help inspire the coaches and parents to make healthy choices for their families and join the Nestlé Pure Life Hydration Movement. To encourage the kids to drink water and stay hydrated during practice, the company donated more than 12,000 bottles of water to the league.
Bill Young elected chairman of the board
The International Bottled Water Assn. (IBWA) announced its 2012-2013 officers and board of directors. IBWA members elected the association’s leadership during the 2012 Annual Business Conference, held in New Orleans, Nov. 12 to 16.
Bill Young of Absopure Water Co. was elected to serve as chairman the IBWA board of directors for 2012-2013. He is a member of the association’s executive committee and board of directors, and served as vice chairman in 2011 and treasurer in 2010.
IBWA members approved the following slate of officers for 2012-2013:
Winners of four awards announced during conference general session
The International Bottled Water Assn. (IBWA) announced winners of four awards at its 2012 IBWA Annual Business Conference in New Orleans.
IBWA Convention Co-Chair Dan Kelly made the announcement for the winners of 2012 Route Salesperson of the Year, Supplier of the Year, Environmental Sustainability and Hall of Fame awards during the conference general session, attended by more than 200 IBWA members.
Kim Jeffery becomes chairman; Tim Brown named as successor
Current Nestle Waters North America Inc. (NWNA) President and CEO Kim Jeffery plans to step down from that role after 20 years, and 34 years with the company, to assume a non-executive chairman position effective Feb. 1, 2013. He will be succeeded by Tim Brown, president and CEO of Nestle Canada, who has been appointed president and CEO of Nestle Waters North America Inc.