Resources and Pollution

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This week’s environmental controversy focuses on bottled water in
terms of its health, safety, and financial issues. People disagree on
whether government or private groups should be designated to promote
healthier water. What is your position? Review the background
information. Then using the references along with resources from your
own research, write a 1-2 page response to the questions below.
Remember to cite your sources using proper APA format.

Background Information

Critics of bottled water note that the products often contain
dangerous bacteria and other contaminants. They argue that the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) needs to better regulate the
contents of bottled water. Others argue that media watchdog groups and
competition within the private sector, rather than more regulations,
are the best solutions for improving the quality of bottled water.


Use these references to help answer the questions that follow. You
may want to also search the Internet for additional resources.

Bottled water: More than just a story about
sales growth; Stringent federal, state and industry standards help
ensure safety, quality and good taste. (2007, April 9). PR Newswire.
Retrieved October 8, 2009, from ProQuest Newsstand. (Document ID:

Link to article

Lisa Turner. (2001, December). Toxins on tap?
Better Nutrition, 63(12), 48-50. Retrieved October 8, 2009, from
Research Library. (Document ID: 90062665).

Link to article

Brown, J. (2008, May). Water pressure.
Vegetarian Times,(358), 29-31,6. Retrieved October 8, 2009, from
Research Library. (Document ID: 1466274691).

Link to article

Krogstad, A. (2009, January). Purifying the
business of selling water. E : the Environmental Magazine, 20(1),
10-11. Retrieved October 8, 2009, from Research Library. (Document ID:

Link to article

Knopper, M. (2008, May). Bottled water backlash. E : the Environmental Magazine, 19(3), 36-39. Retrieved October 8, 2009, from Research Library. (Document ID: 1475949361).

Link to article


Based on what you have read, do you believe that pollution standards
should be established for bottled water? What arguments most
influenced your decision? How would you explain your position to
someone who disagrees with you?