Rising bottled water consumption signals safe drinking water goal is under threat, says U.N. think tank

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By Gloria Dickie (Reuters) – Surging global bottled water consumption reflects the failure by governments to improve public water supplies which is putting the U.N. sustainable development goal of safe drinking water by 2030 under threat, a U.N. academic think tank said on Thursday. The bottled water market saw 73% growth from 2010 to 2020, and consumption is on track to increase from around 350 billion litres in 2021 to 460 billion litres by 2030, according to the U.N. University’s Institute for Water, Environment and Health. “The rise in bottled water consumption reflects decades of limited …

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