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Lately you may have read press reports and opinions about the bottled water phenomenon and how producing, transporting, refrigerating, recycling and land filling over 30 billion plastic water bottles per year in the U.S. is bad for the environment. Some cities are banning the purchase of bottled water for employees, insisting that these workers drink free tap water instead. Bottled water has seen phenomenal growth in the past two decades. Perrier introduced bottled water to the U.S. in 1978. Today, over 7.5 billion gallons are sold with total sales at approximately $16 billion dollars per year. I'm still just speaking of the United States.
Is bottled water better for you than tap water? When comparing the safety of bottled water to public tap water, the answer is that there is no difference. Private wells could be another thing, depending on the outcome of chemical and bacteriological tests. Dasani and Aquafina, which combined have a 24% market share, the water comes from the municipal tap. The alternative to drinking bottled water might be sugary carbonated beverages or beer (which are 90+% water). Americans still consume twice as much carbonated beverages (mostly in plastic bottles) as bottled water. There is no doubt that bottled water is very convenient when you are on the go.
That being said, what about the environmental effects? Water is heavy. It weighs 8.3 lbs./gal. It has to be transported in trucks and ships across the oceans and our highways. On a weekly basis, it takes 37,800 diesel burning 18-wheelers to haul the water to our stores.
The bottled water phenomenon comes with many paradoxes. One the most trendy brands is Fiji water, which really does come from Fiji. The plant there produces over one million bottles a day. There isn't enough electricity on the island to power the factory, so they have several diesel engines running 24 hours a day, belching out a cloud of diesel soot on this otherwise pristine part of the planet. Half of the cost to consumers of Fiji water is in transportation. The raw plastic comes from China- it takes 16 liters of clean water to blow mold one plastic bottle. Half of the island's residents don't have access to safe, clean water. But on the other hand, you can't have good health without prosperity and this bottling plant employs 250 workers, who now may be able to afford clean water.
In comparison to municipal tap water, bottled water is a luxury item, a choice and an outlet for the well-off to get rid of their money. According to the City of Columbus, their tap water, which is perfectly safe, costs one penny for five gallons. If we compare that cost to a bottle of water at Ohio Stadium, which costs $4.00 for a 20 oz. bottle, you can refill that bottle with Columbus tap water every day for 21.9 years for the same cost. Even if you go to your neighborhood grocery and purchase a 24-pack for $3.99, you could refill one of those bottles 534 times for the same cost.
What separates bottled water from all the other bottled beverages, is that water is the only substance that we, as taxpayers, have created an entire infrastructure to deliver a cheap, high quality, life-sustaining product conveniently to our houses. This infrastructure cost us billions of dollars to install and maintain. You can't get Mountain Dew out of a faucet, at least not yet. Yet we feel that we are somehow in our right minds when we put it in a small bottle, put in on a boat and a truck and move it halfway around the world, at a cost that is thousands of times greater than good old tap water at our kitchen sinks. And we do so happily and willingly. We haven't even touched upon the plastic bottle waste. Don't you find that a tad bit counter intelligent? For the full story on bottled water, click (or copy and paste) on this link: http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/117/features-message-in-a-bottle.html