There is one thing that every living organism on the planet needs to stay alive.
Without water our planet would quite literally die – taking all of us with it.
75% of the human body – and 90% of human blood – is water.
So, you get the picture…water is important.
So how ironic is it that water – the one thing we can’t live without – is actually being used to slowly kill the planet?
Don’t get me wrong…the water itself isn’t doing anything wrong. It’s us – the human population – that are doing the damage with water.
Bottled water to be specific.
In 2001 we consumed 5.4 billion gallons.
By 2006 the number jumped to 8.3 billion gallons – for which the U.S. consumers shelled out $11 billion.
…but bottled water is healthier than tap water.
…bottled water tastes better.
…it’s more convenient.
If you believe any, or all, of those things, you have been duped by the multi-billion dollar bottled water industry.
I’m sorry. I don’t mean to offend you – but it’s true.
The water in your Evian bottle has no more health benefits than the water from your tap. If your tap water tastes “funny” you should understand that it’s because of the government mandated procedures which eliminate any impurities – procedures the bottling plants are not required to follow. Buy a filter pitcher and you’ll get the same taste. As for convenience – buy a reusable water bottle and fill it from your pitcher.
To make matters worse – the amount of groundwater pumping done to fill those cute little bottles causes unseen damage by lowering the levels of lakes, ponds and streams…which affects the wildlife who rely on them for life…which in turn affects us humans.
Finally – the bottles themselves. Probably the worst part of the equation.
Americans buy approximately 28 billion bottles of water per year.
The manufacturing process for these bottles requires 45-50 million barrels of oil.
It is estimated that 80% of the bottles we use end up in landfills…that’s a cheerful little tidbit.
For the most part, the bottled water industry is a self-regulated industry raking in billions and billions of dollars every year and doing irreversible harm to the planet, because they have convinced Americans of the (false) value of their product.
Are you still with me?
Good – because there’s good news.
Ike is on the job.
Okay – I admit it…I used all those facts (and they are all true facts) about bottled water as a preamble to talk about one of my novels.
It’s called Water Hazard (see what I did there?).
In the story, a Florida contractor is illegally pumping groundwater and selling it to bottled water companies, making a ton of money…but in an attempt to keep his operation a secret he resorts to kidnapping and murder.
Unfortunately, he didn’t know he was about to cross paths with Ike.
When the ex-Navy SEAL, with a penchant for bending the rules, learns that his best friend is in some pretty hot water, he dives headlong into a whirlpool of greed, corruption and ecological sabotage to help.
Water Hazard has all of the fast-paced action, great characters, humor and beautiful Flagler Beach settings that my other books have, and it also offers a glimpse into the murky side of the bottled water industry.
So now that summer is here—grab your favorite ice-cold beverage (as long as it’s not bottled water!) and relax with a great beach read that will grab you from the first page and keep you locked in until the last.
If you’d like a signed paperback version send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll give you the details.
As always – thank you for reading