As a sociologist, I study the social and environmental effects of the rapid growth of bottled-water consumption in the U.S. and beyond, and how it is linked to distrust of public tap water. In my new book, “Unbottled,” one chapter examines how these dynamics played out in Flint. As its example shows, communities can end up relying on bottled water – often at great expense – for years after a crisis.
Jaffee, Daniel, "When Communities Face Drinking Water Crises, Bottled Water is a 'Temporary' Solution That Often Lasts Years--and Worsens Inequality" (2023). Sociology Faculty Publications and Presentations. 191.