The Dangerous Delusions of 'Inverted Quarantine'

How people's impulse to protect themselves from poisons can actually hurt the environment

In 1982, just 25 years ago, Americans were consuming about 3.4 gallons of bottled water per person per year, 783 million gallons over all. By 2005, the latest year for which we have good figures, consumption had grown to 26 gallons per person per year. That's over seven and a half billion gallons of bottled water. Assuming that a person drinks half a gallon of fluids a day, 182.5 gallons per year,