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December, 2003

New York community asks drug store chain to halt sales of nicotine-laced bottled water. Journal News 12/24/03
Ontario, Canada to charge bottlers for water. Moratorium imposed to study effects of bottlers on watershed. Canadian Press/Toronto Star 12/18/03

Nestle's Ice Mountain says appeals court will let the company draw water from Michigan spring while court case appeal is pending. Judge earlier ruled water bottler was damaging the environment.  Reuters 12/16/03

Michigan court sticks with deadline for Nestle's Ice Mountain to stop using spring for its bottled water.  Reuters 12/12/03

Ice Mountain asks Michigan court to keep bottling plant open and avoid layoffs while appeals are pending. Court had ordered Nestle subsidiary to stop using local waters by Dec. 16 for environmental reasons. Press Release/PR Newswire 12/8/03 

Indian court restrains village council from shutting Coke plant for allegedly depleting groundwater.  AP/San Francisco Chronicle 12/8/03 

"It's the water." Century-old slogan for Olympia, Washington's Tumwater Artesian well water may spell success for All-American Bottled Water.  Seattle Times 12/7/03

November, 2003

Michigan legal decision against Nestle, world's biggest water company, stuns both sides.  Grand Rapids Press 11/29/03

Nestle attacks Michigan water ruling that bars it from drawing on local wells for its bottled Ice Mountain brand. Judge rules bottler is depleting neighborhood lakes, streams and wetlands. 11/29/03

Nestle plans appeal of Michigan court ruling against Ice Mountain. Bottling doesn't damage the environment, company says.  PR Newswire 11/25/03

Polar Ice Water's plan to bottle water in Wisconsin is challenged by area tribe and environmental groups.  Journal Sentinel 11/25/03

Study: Extra oxygen doesn't make bottled water healthier.  JAMA/Seattle Times 11/12/03

Illinois judge accepts $12 million settlement of lawsuit against Poland Spring Water.  AP/San Francisco Chronicle 11/6/03

October, 2003

Nicotine in bottled water. New product equals about two cigarettes. Anti-smoking forces fear teens will start sipping.  Los Angeles Daily News 10/30/03

Maine backs off law requiring bottled water to list its source. Move is part of settlement to suit filed by grocers. Battle moves to the FDA.  Portland Press Herald 10/28/03

Bottled water company sues North Carolina school board over failure to win contract.  Herald Sun 10/27/03

Illinois state senator sets hearings on possible regulation of bottled water industry.  Pioneer Press 10/23/03

Illinois judge to rule next month on $12 million settlement in Poland Springs bottled water case. Opponents of the settlement say it's too favorable to the company.  AP/WMTW 10/22/03

Children's dental group's lends its name to bottled fluoridated water. Company is tied to Coke and critics warn of conflict.  AP/Yahoo 10/22/03

Lawyers for consumers urge Illinois judge to reject Nestle $12 million settlement in Poland Spring Water case. Other suits also challenge claim that Poland is pure spring water from the Maine woods.  Bloomberg News/TribNet 10/21/03 

Bottled water 'may cause illness' scientists say. Bottled water industry disputes findings.  BBC News

September, 2003

Vending machine water company Glacier Water to buy Water Island Inc. Business Wire/Yahoo

France's Danone, Japan's Suntory combine to set up one of largest bottled water companies in U.S. AP/San Francisco Chronicle

India to use EU pesticide standards for bottled water, soft drinks. No similar standard for ground water. Express India

Earlier: Pepsi to use bottled water at India soda fountains to counter pesticide fears. Pepsi and Coke seeking independent lab analysis of claims. The Economic Times

India to add bottled drinking water to lists of food. Action allows regulation of contents for health and safety. Financial Express

Nestle discontinues its Pure Life bottled water in India. Distribution problems cited. The Hindu Business Line

Students and parents object to Iowa school ban on water bottles in classrooms. Officials fear students smuggled alcohol into classes. AP/KCCI

So, what is spring water—really? Facts get murky in dispute over source. Buffalo News

Bottled water straight from the tap? WBAL

Japan's Suntory Water Group to sell Pepperell, Massachusetts spring and bottled water company. Town officials negotiating to buy and preserve the spring and surrounding forest. Lowell Sun

Just like Dad: New kid in the bottled water competition really is a veteran. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Poland Spring Water Co. makes deal with Maine on lawsuit alleging spring water didn't come from spring. Lawyers in 10 other suits nationwide may oppose settlement. Press Herald

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