Guy Relieves Self In Reservoir, Costs Portland $33K

Guy Relieves Self In Reservoir, Costs Portland $33K

If you absolutely, positively cannot make it to the restroom when in public, do your city a favor and aim at most anything other than its water reservoir. A man who confessed to disobeying such common sense has caused government coffers to leak nearly $33,000 to rectify the contamination.

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This Isn't A Water Bottle, It's More Of A Bottle-Shaped Plastic Bag

This Isn't A Water Bottle, It's More Of A Bottle-Shaped Plastic Bag

Sure, we should all use less plastic. But Mike writes that he bought a case of Aquafina that he thinks takes reducing plastic too far. The bottles collapse on themselves, leak, and generally don’t do the job for which they’re intended.

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Feds Aim For Harsher Regulations On Toxic Chemicals In
Drinking Water

Feds Aim For Harsher Regulations On Toxic Chemicals In Drinking Water

The Environmental Protection Agency is ratcheting up restrictions on drinking water, setting the first standards for perchlorate, a compound found in rocket fuel, as well as new standards for as many as 16 other toxic and carcinogenic chemicals.

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Cut Down On Water Use With These Tricks

Cut Down On Water Use With These Tricks

Modern society has created the illusion that water is infinite and free, but the environmentally and financially conscious know that’s far from the truth.

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How To Defrost Pipes

How To Defrost Pipes

You wake up. Your toes recoil the instant they hit the floor. Your breath forms stalactites in the air. You go to wash your face, and squeak squeak, the knobs turn but no water comes out. Damnit. The pipes are frozen. How do you get the water flowing again?

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New York's Water Filled With Invisible Shrimp

New York's Water Filled With Invisible Shrimp

New York’s water is some of the most delicious in the land, and it’s filled with teeny-tiny shrimp.

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10 Ways To Conserve Water

10 Ways To Conserve Water

Green Lifestyle Magazine provides 10 simple ways to cut down on water use.

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Misplaced Letter Costs PepsiCo $1.26 Billion In Bottled Water Lawsuit

Misplaced Letter Costs PepsiCo $1.26 Billion In Bottled Water Lawsuit

It’s easy to joke about PepsiCo’s Aquafina. After all, it’s purified municipal tap water, bottled and sold at prices comparable to juices and soda. But the product is no joke to two men in Wisconsin. In 1981, they discussed their idea to bottle and sell purified tap water with some of PepsiCo’s regional bottlers. Allegedly, the idea made its way back to PepsiCo and eventually became Aquafina.

How To Get Clean Tap Water

How To Get Clean Tap Water

Following up on our post about toxic tap water, it behooves us to provide you, the conscious consumer, with a few tips on how to secure safe tap water.

Beware Scammers Installing City-Mandated "Whole House Water Systems"

Beware Scammers Installing City-Mandated "Whole House Water Systems"

A city in Florida has just warned its residents of a weird scam: someone’s been hanging pink notices on doors around town that say, “Due to the water quality in this area, we will be installing whole-house water treatment systems.” You’re supposed to fill out the back of the notice and leave it out for further contact. Remember, don’t let anyone remodel your home on behalf of the city. It probably goes without saying, but still.

Consumers Finally Growing Some Damned Sense, Not Buying Bottled Water

Consumers Finally Growing Some Damned Sense, Not Buying Bottled Water

We’re not always pessimists on Consumerist. Why, sometimes we actually like silver linings, if only because it gives us a chance to complain about argyria. (Don’t take colloidal silver, people!) Today’s silver lining is that sales of bottled water “have fallen for the first time in at least five years,” says the Los Angeles Times. We’re apparently showing common sense and opting for tap water over branded and labeled water, proving that in a tough economy it’s hard to compete with (nearly) free.

Facebook Members Go After Coca-Cola

Facebook Members Go After Coca-Cola

How long will it take for Coke to give up on its Facebook page? That depends how long its PR machine can keep deleting the “fun facts” on its Wall:

Bail Yourself Out By Draining Water Costs

Bail Yourself Out By Draining Water Costs

If Kevin Costner’s epic cinematic vision is to be trusted, water will only continue to get more rare and pricey, even as we move closer to a world of melted polar ice caps.

Is Bottled Water Safer Than Tap Water? Please…

Is Bottled Water Safer Than Tap Water? Please…

Bottled water isn’t any safer than tap water, and could actually be more dangerous, according to a report from the Government Accounting Office. The big difference lies in the government regulator: tap water is covered by the Safe Water Drinking Act, administered by the aggressive and powerful Environmental Protection Agency, while bottled water falls under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act overseen by the powerless anything-goes industry-lovers over at the Food and Drug Administration.

100% All Natural Plumped Chickens Are Stuffed With Water And Salt

100% All Natural Plumped Chickens Are Stuffed With Water And Salt

Do you like overpaying for salt and water? Then “100% All Natural” chicken breasts might be for you! Just look for the labels that boast “enhanced with up to 15% chicken broth,” and you can be sure you’re overpaying for the saltiest, most water-logged chicken that industrial food processors can design. So how does all that chicken water get into the chickens, you ask? Hit the jump for the delightfully graphic description…

Utility Claims 99-Year-Old Used 139,876 Gallons Of Water In 1 Month

Utility Claims 99-Year-Old Used 139,876 Gallons Of Water In 1 Month

Meet 99-year-old Jeanette Cohen, a Washington resident who either lives in her shower or is the recipient of the more bizarre bills spat out by the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority. Cohen normally pays $30 to use about 3,000 gallons per month, but the utility insists that she used 139,876 gallons of water last month and now owes almost $1,200.

Watered-Down Gasoline Damages Cars Near Baltimore

Watered-Down Gasoline Damages Cars Near Baltimore

Rain water, not fraud or sabotage, is behind the bad gasoline sold at stations near Baltimore early this week. Hess, the supplier, is covering any damage to customers’ cars caused by the diluted fuel. So, how does this happen?

This Complimentary Bottle Of Water From Best Western Costs $3. Huh?

This Complimentary Bottle Of Water From Best Western Costs $3. Huh?

Best Western knows that hotel customers hate trumped up fees for minor perks, which is why they kindly offer this complimentary bottle of Poland Spring for only $3.