Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Because of the intense heat everyone is drinking between 3 and 4 liters of water everyday. That’s over a gallon of pure water for the metrically challenged. Everywhere you look people (westerners) have plastic water bottles close at hand and are sipping from them constantly. Subsequently the streets are littered with crushed plastic water bottles, hundreds of thousands of them along the sides of the road.
I drove past the U.S. military’s bottled water stockpile the other day. For as far as I could see there were pallets of bottled water sitting in the sun. I came to realize that the Americans must order water by the acre. On the bases there are large bins on every street corner that the Army keeps filled with chilled bottles of water so that soldiers are always within easy reach of a fresh bottle, as well as a trash bin to dispose of the old one.