Sarajevo, 12th of May 2010
Bosnia and Herzegovina imports € 10 million of drinkable, bottled water yearly. In our country you can find diverse trademarks of water, from several European countries, such as Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Greece and Hungary. It became fashionable to bring (to bring where?) half liter bottled water, especially if it’s water from some foreign country, for example Croatian trademark “Jana”.
Although in Bosnia and Herzegovina every river has a spring with drinkable water, and some rivers are drinkable even in their lower courses, price of bottled water is quite high. It costs approximately the same like average juice. Bigger bottles are cheaper, but the most interesting thing is that the more expensive water has been sold more, although it has a foreign origin. Unfortunately, this trend continues and increases every year and Bosnian water potentials are not being used. The only thing that politicians think about is building water power plants, which will bring money to them, but at the same time, destroy drinkable rivers and natural beauty. Nobody thinks about eventually bottling same drinkable water and export it to the European Union or to other parts of the world (that need it). Although Bosnia has 16 spas and thermal resorts, even this potential is not exploited enough.
In these videos and photos, I am noticing some positive examples, where you can see something about mineral water from the village of Tešanj, and about fishing on Una River, north – west Bosnia. You can see why it is a big damage to build power plants here.