Letters

Bottled water’s footprint

Hawaiian Springs Chairman Hadley [in his letter, Sept. 26] makes several good points about his firm’s corporate citizenship, including support for community charities, and about Hawaii’s bottle return figures at 77 percent. A brief round of applause.

But Hadley carefully ignores the downside of his enterprise.

Imagine this picture: The ship carrying Hawaiian Springs water in plastic bottles to thousands of mainland stores passes the ship carrying a load of mainland water in plastic bottles to Hawaii’s stores, both ships emitting massive CO2 to carry water 2,400 miles to places that already have drinkable water on tap. Then CO2-emitting trucks carry bottles of water to stores that charge up to 10 cents an ounce for water. Next, people drive to a store to buy water no better than what’s available in a glass filled from a tap.

More, the oil used to produce the many thousands of Hawaiian Springs bottles adds to global warming, and according to Earth Policy research, the mainland plastic water bottle return rate runs just 22 percent, i.e., billions of plastic water bottles, some from Hawaii, trash landscapes across America.

Sorry Mr. Hadley. On balance, bottled water adds substantially to environmental problems, and is not (pun intended) the solution.

Doc Berry Kaneohe, HI

After reading “Bottled Water: A Drink against Nature,” by Doc Berry (Sept. 5th), I was shocked to learn that Hawai’i has their own water bottle line which gets shipped off internationally. I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for our economy to gradually grow…However, we will have less water for ourselves and if an emergency such as a drought were to occur, we may lack fresh water.

If we limit the amount of bottled water we send out, we will be able to sustain our limited fresh water resource. Instead of building the rail system which costs billions of dollars, would it be more beneficial to us if we were to use that money on water filters instead?

Ala N. via [HonoluluWeekly.com]

The Board of Water Supply is moving to a desalination of our water because it irresponsibly allows unfettered development and unrestricted pumping, especially by our military. Why isn’t Hawaii Kai Golf Course using reclaimed water from the wastewater plant right next door?

Why not charge the military, Hawaii Kai Golf Course, the Hilton Hawaiian Village and the Hale Koa Hotel 10 times the amount we do now so they’ll stop wasting our precious resource?

Why not charge Hawaiian Springs and Menehune Water 10 times the amount we do now so that they’ll just stop making a profit from taking our water? Can we please elect some leaders who will make decisions that benefit the residents and not companies?

Leinanij via [HonoluluWeekly.com]

You did not mention the theft of Kauai water by Kauai Springs!

Punikaiwa via [HonoluluWeekly.com]

And NO MENTION of Native Hawaiian Water Rights? Or is that a “dark chapter in our history” nobody wants to address? It may, in fact, lead to another sensitive issue of “ceded lands,” which include “submerged lands”…

Toni Auld Yardley via [HonoluluWeekly.com]

Please scroll down! The other half of this two-part cover story is about native Hawaiian water rights. [honoluluweekly.com]

The Editors

Unfortunately, in an era of increasingly short attention spans, me-ism, and immediate gratification as king, the public–and its nose ring-pulling political leaders–continues to err on the side of avoiding immediate costs versus investing in the future.

Eric Rawlings via [HonoluluWeekly.com]