Many court decisions affecting the well water industry and groundwater resources were considered and decided in 2013. This article will cover some of the most important decisions from the past year.
Court cases help shape U.S. groundwater policies
The market size of the Indian bottled water industry is expected to reach $2,442 million by 2017
Research & Markets added the "Sectoral Capsule-Indian Bottled Water & Water Purifier Market Opportunities" report to its offering.
Research focuses on how exposure to chemicals affects the development of the brain
Pilot program allows users to see how their water use compares to their neighbors
In Northern California, a program to help reduce water consumption and use water more efficiently is proving to be more successful than anticipated.
Developed by the California Water Foundation (CWF) and the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) the pilot program allows users to see how their water use compares to neighbors living in similar homes and circumstances.
Many Americans, Asians and Europeans worry about the quality of their tap water; almost 40% of Americans participating in a new survey said they boiled or filtered their water before drinking it. That level of concern is a key trend in consumer attitudes toward the water they drink at home, work and leisure.
Bottled Water Binge
Attitudes toward tap water lead consumers to search for treatment options
The year started off with big news in the water treatment industry. The chemical spill in West Virginia, which affected more then 300,000 people, topped national headlines for weeks in January. The “do not use” advisory lasted more then a week for portions of that population, forcing them to rely on bottled water for drinking, cooking and bathing for up to 10 days.
Sales of Poland Spring brand water in the New York metropolitan area topped $506 million in 2013
New Nielsen data from 2013 of packaged beverage sales across retail channels indicate that Poland Spring brand water, the leading product of Nestlé Waters North America, is the best-selling beverage in the New York tri-state area. In addition, it is a bestseller across major Northeast markets, including Boston; Albany, N.Y.; and Hartford/New Haven, Conn.
Thirsty Energy initiative will help countries mitigate the impact of water scarcity on energy security
The World Bank is launching a new initiative at the World Future Energy Summit and International Water Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, that will help developing countries better plan and manage scaling up energy capacity to meet rising demand, in tandem with water resource management.
Drought, failing infrastructure and severe weather events all threaten the availability of water, both domestically and abroad. Water Quality Products Associate Editor Amy McIntosh spoke with Jim Thebaut, creator of the “Running Dry” documentary series, about these issues and what can be done to resolve water scarcity.
Amy McIntosh: What are some of the major drought issues facing the Southwest?
The threat of dwindling water supplies to the Southwest
Another year has come and gone, and it is time again to look toward the future. The coming year promises many opportunities, but, as always, an array of challenges as well. The water industry must endeavor through a time of increasing globalization — a positive trend when it comes to working together to resolve the ever-increasing issues of water scarcity and sustainability, but a negative one in terms of ever-growing competition. Closer to home, U.S.
Industry experts’ input on the year to come