The bottle water industry exceeds
$100 billion in revenue worldwide per year. The industry promotes bottle
water as being a safe water option, but in reality bottled water is
expensive, resource intensive and poses possible general health
Here are several reasons to reconsider the use of bottled water:
- Not Healthier - Bottled water often contains more bacteria and impurities than
tap water, because the EPA regulates municipal water systems more
stringently than the FDA regulates bottled water.
Since most water does not cross state lines, in many cases it is exempt
from FDA oversight, while the water in your local municipal water
system is regulated by the EPA. Municipal water systems are regularly tested bacteria and toxic chemicals.
- Resource Intensive - In
the US, it takes the equivalent of more than 18 million barrels of oil
to manufacture the bottles needed for the US bottled water industry. The
energy and fuel costs needed to ship the
the bottled water is also extremely expensive for a product that is
readily available from your own tap.
Purchase Price - The
purchase price for bottled water can range as high as the equivalent of
$10 gallon when purchased from retail and vending machines. Compare
this to gasoline that is less than $4 per gallon.
Clean up Costs - It is
estimated that is costs more than $80 million to clean up the more than 4
billion bottles that pass through the US wast stream.
Waste - in
the United States, less than 20% of PET bottles are recycled, resulting
in over 1.2 million tons of plastic waste in US landfills.