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The Profits of Distrust: Confidence in American institutions and the rise of bottled water

Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 03:00pm - 04:00pm

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Associate Professor Manuel Teodoro will deliver this seminar titled, The Profits of Distrust: Confidence in American institutions and the rise of bottled water. Tap water in the United States is widely available, inexpensive, and with few exceptions, quite safe. Yet the commercial drinking water industry in the U.S. has skyrocketed over the past 25 years. Sold in bottles or dispensed from kiosks, commercial drinking water is thousands of times more expensive than tap water, and regulated lightly or not at all. Why do people opt to drink more expensive and environmentally destructive water of dubious quality, rather than cheaper, sustainable, and more rigorously regulated tap water?

The Third Coast Water Seminars are a monthly research series hosted by Current in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory, Northwestern University, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Chicago. The series is intended to share the latest research in water and water-related technologies/areas of need to spur collaboration and solve pressing water challenges.