2008 Bottled Water Profits Down, Bottled Water Bans Up

    OTTAWA, Feb. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Following the bottled water industry's
recent trend of decreasing sales, Nestlé Waters announced today a 1.6% loss
for 2008. Nestlé Waters, a division of Swiss food giant Nestlé, counts 72
bottled water brands around the world including Nestlé Pure Life in Canada.
This is the first significant annual decrease in bottled water sales for the
    "Today's announcement by Nestlé Waters is just the latest example of a
growing trend away from bottled water and back to the tap," says Richard
Girard, Research Coordinator for the Polaris Institute. "Across the country
municipalities, universities, churches, restaurants and unions are kicking out
the bottled and turning on the tap".

    Canadian Bottled Water Statistics:

    - 24 municipalities from 6 provinces have instituted restrictions on
      bottled water
    - 40+ municipalities are exploring restrictions on bottled water
    - The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) recently issued a
      communiqué to all 444 members endorsing actions on bottled water
    - 21 university and college campuses have established "bottled water free

For further information:

For further information: Richard Girard, Polaris Institute, (613)
237-1717 x105, richard@polarisinstitute.org; www.insidethebottle.org

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