Two recent books look at water not only as essential to all living things but also as a commodity.
Peter H. Gleick's Bottled & Sold : The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water discusses green values, free markets, advertising, plastic waste and the dimensions of each. In addition to being well written and researched, this book provides a point-of-view perspective on the bottled water industry and its impact on society.
Bottlemania : How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It by Elizabeth Royte covers the topic in an interesting way. The book asks its readers to decide which is best (tap or bottled) and offers research to help readers form an opinion and make an informed choice.
Use your East Hampton Public Library card barcode to log in to Consumer Reports Online. Search "bottled water" and find a wealth of information about the topic.
Check out the U.S. Geological Survey's Water Science site to learn more about the many aspects of water and its importance in our daily lives.