I can remember going to the camping supply store when I was a child to purchase plastic bottles that didn’t leak when you laid them down. They were slightly cheaper than canteen’s.
Now that plastics manufacturers have perfected the bottle to the extent that they are practically free, hold water even when chucked into a refugee camp or from a roof, and are so ephemeral that they can be crushed and rolled into the palm of your hand, many ecologists are trying to ban them.
This movement is strong here in California and even in earthquake prone San Francisco they are suggesting people rely on tap water instead of a local store of water.
Anyone who witnessed the aftermath of Katrina, and lives in an earthquake zone, should question whether municipal water supply will be reliable at the level of human water needs. Will the federal response be quick enough if water mains are severed as they were in 1906?
Certainly water bottles have some problems, but is a government ban the best solution?