The Big Thirst: A Brief Recommendation/Review. This book, by Charles Fishman, is absolutely loaded with information about water use and politics, and is a particular indictment of the indulgence of the water culture of us 24-hour-hot-and-cold running Westerners, or rather more specifically, an indictment of our water policies (both governmental and corporate) and the water culture that those policies and official stances ultimately promote.
A choice quote….
Bottled water is the final flowering of the old water culture. Nothing says indulgence, in fact, like paying for something you don’t need to pay for, like paying for something you don’t need. Superficially, it looks like a somewhat silly triumph for capitalism - look what really smart, creative people can do with something as utterly pedestrian as water. In fact, it’s a reminder of exactly the opposite - the market has created very persuasive solutions for water problems that don’t exist, while failing to find any solutions for real water problems. (137)