8 Reasons not to Drink Bottled Water
Here are 8 Reasons not to Drink Bottled Water and to get a
water filter for your family.
water isn't a good value
for instance, Pepsi's Aquafina or Coca-Cola's Dasani bottled water.
Both are sold in 20 ounce sizes and can be purchased from vending
machines alongside soft drinks — and at the same price. Assuming you
can find a $1 machine, that works out to 5 cents an ounce. These two
brands are essentially filtered tap water, bottled close to their
distribution point. Most municipal water costs less than 1 cent per
Now consider another widely sold liquid: Gasoline. In the
U.S., the average price per gallon is hovering around $3. There
are 128 ounces in a gallon, which puts the current price of gasoline at
a fraction over 2 cents an ounce.
you can understand why there's no shortage of companies that want to
get into the water selling business. In terms of price versus
production cost, bottled water puts Big Oil to shame.
healthier than tap water
theory, bottled water in the United States falls under the regulatory
authority of the Food and Drug Administration. In practice, about 70
percent of bottled water never crosses state lines for sale, making it
exempt from FDA oversight.
In the U.S. municipal water falls
under the Environmental Protection Agency, and is regularly
inspected for bacteria and toxic chemicals. Want to know how your
community scores? Check out the Environmental Working Group's National
Tap Water Database.
While public safety groups correctly
point out that many municipal water systems are aging and there remain
hundreds of chemical contaminants for which no standards have been
established, there's very little empirical evidence that suggests
bottled water is any cleaner or better for you than its tap equivalent.
water means garbage
Where do all those empty plastic bottles go? About 86 percent of empty
plastic water bottles in the United States land in the garbage instead
of being recycled. That amounts to about two million tons of PET
plastic bottles piling up in U.S. landfills each year.
plastic requires up to 47 million gallons of oil per year to produce.
And while the plastic used to bottle beverages is of high quality and
in demand by recyclers, over 80 percent of plastic bottles are simply
Thanks to its slow decay rate, the vast majority of all plastics ever
produced still exist — somewhere.
Still 8 Reasons not to Drink Bottled Water and to get a
water filter for your family.
water means less attention to public systems
Many people drink bottled water because they don't like the taste of
their local tap water, or because they question its safety.
distanced from public systems, these consumers have little incentive to
support bond issues and other methods of upgrading municipal water
In California, for example, the American
Society of Civil Engineers estimated the requirement of $17.5 billion
in improvements to the state's drinking water infrastructure as
recently as 2005. In the same year, the state lost 222 million gallons
of drinkable water to leaky pipes.
corporatization of water
In thier documentary Thirst,
authors Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman discuss the rapid
worldwide privatization of the municipal water
supplies and the effect these purchases are having on local economies.
In the United States, 24 percent of bottled water sold is either
Pepsi’s Aquafina (13 percent of the market) or Coke’s Dasani (11
percent of the market).
Large corporations are stepping in to purchase groundwater and
rights where they are able too. Some contracts give
preferencial treatment to the water
bottlers over the town’s taxpayers because the company can draw the
maximum amount of water it wants, regardless of drought or water
water industry is an important component in their drive to commoditize
what many feel is a basic human right: the access to safe and
6) It’s more
environmentally-friendly to switch from bottled water to
tap or filtered water. Plastic bottle requires fuel for production and
transportation which can increase pollution. Less demand for bottled
water will reduce the chances of polluting the environment. Shipping
bottles of water across the country and across the continent takes
tremendous amount of fuel adding to air pollution.
- People say they drink bottled water
because it tastes better than tap. But, in blind taste tests, people
can’t tell the difference. In fact, one taster in a 20/20 taste test
said Evian “…tasted
like toilet water”.
Chemical - Harmful chemicals in plastic bottles can leach
into water making it unhealthier than tap or filtered water.