Thirsty for facts on bottled water? When the United Nations declared 2003 the International Year of Freshwater, they likely weren't thinking of Perrier. And yet bottled water has become freshwater's most high-profile face, from Evian to Dasani and scores of other brands that now crowd store shelves. Why have products that cost 240 to 10,000 times more per gallon than tap water soared in sales since the 1980s? According to the World Wildlife Fund, in 1976 U.S. consumption of bottled water was 5.7 liters per person; by 1999, it was 35 liters per person. Americans say one of the main …
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