Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Do you drink from public water fountains?

"The rise of bottled water here in the States shows how a public institution can be demonized and replaced by a much more expensive privatized solution.

If you can put down the alcohol wipes to look at the numbers, though, you'll learn that tap water is safe, and that the government standards for tap water are higher than the standards required for the commercial stuff.

Charter schools are like bottled water--they're believed to be superior, and their standards are less stringent that their more public counterparts. (Yes, I know that charter schools are part of the public school systems, but they are not public in the sense that they equally accept all students. This difference matters.)"

(via Boingboing)

Reminds me of the loss of community Pier Giorogio discussed in this excellent "The Agenda" episode:

Also, on a COMPLETE side note, potential health benefits for schools... making water as available as candy and pop.. "students who attended schools that encouraged water drinking were 30 percent less likely to be overweight."

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