Profile America: A Fluid Situation

Friday, June 24 — In the past, hot summer days meant that some enterprising youngsters in the neighborhood would set up a lemonade stand or the family would share a pitcher of iced tea on the front porch to cool off. In recent times, we usually resort to something in a bottle or can to slake our thirst year-round. The drink of choice is often a soft drink, usually carbonated. As a result, fizzy soft drink manufacturing is a $34 billion a year business. Bottled water has surged in popularity in recent decades, although there lately has been some pushback over the environmental threat posed by so many empty plastic bottles. The 309 water-bottling establishments in the nation ship more than $6.6 billion worth of product annually.

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