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Last Updated: Friday, 15 February 2008, 14:47 GMT
In pictures: Bottled Water - Who Needs It?

Claridges water tasting

Cloud Juice - or rainwater - is sampled in London's Claridges Hotel, one of more than 30 waters from the water menu.

Testing water

Can experts tell London tap from the most expensive bottled water?

Testing water

Nobody spotted the tap water, in fact one expert mistook it for the most expensive.

Polluted water

The UN says access to clean water is a human right but over a billion people round the world don't have access to safe drinking water.

New bottles

There's enough oil used in the production process of water bottles in the UK to keep 17,000 cars on the road for a year.

Discarded plastic bottle

Bottled water takes a lot of energy: being transported to us and the plastic or glass bottles that often end up in landfill.

Bottles discarded on the beach

The rising tide of plastic on the Dorset coastline - the amount of plastic produced globally has doubled since 2000.

waste

There's also the hidden threat of granular pellets, the raw material that makes most plastic products.

Dead seagull

Plastic is one of the reasons that the population of Fulmars has decreased since the mid 90s. If they don't choke on the raw plastic the toxins kill them.

Tap water

At Defra they've ditched bottled water and drink from the bountiful tap.




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