Sure, the crisp, cool taste of a cold bottle of water can be quite refreshing. But is it an honest business? The bottled water industry is making a killing in beverage sales, where bottled water practically outsells the marketing of soft drinks. As per the NRDC, approximately 25% to 40% of bottled water comes from the faucet. With these facts, the average consumer would want to know why pay for a beverage that gets delivered at no cost directly into one’s home.
Dasani (from Coca-Cola) and Aquafina (from Pepsi-Cola) are really from municipal systems of water. Sadly, bottled water (most of the time) is really filtered, which can be accomplished at home. The middleman gets paid and consumers feel that they are healthier and environmentally aware for buying bottled water.
Money Saving Tip: Use a Water Filter
The wise consumer can actually gain with a PUR water filter on the faucet and receive clean drinking water for approximately $15 for at least three months. Bottled water consumers even become engrossed with the recycling of plastic bottles to improve the environment.
Save the Earth
Approximately 4 pounds of the chemical carbon dioxide is released into the world’s atmosphere just by the manufacturing of plastic for bottled water. It’s amazing how much petroleum is actually consumed in this process—this averages to about a quart of petroleum per consumer.
Bottled Water Cost Four Times as Much as Gasoline
Bottled water can cost at least four times as much as the already costly gasoline, with prices about $10 a gallon. Considering the soaring prices of gasoline, this is shocking news. Moreover, only approximately 12% of plastic bottles for water are recycled, as natural resources are used to bottle and clean water. Lethal gases are released into the earth’s atmosphere with the burning of plastic water bottles at your local landfill. Now may be an ideal time to realize bottled water is a rip-off.
Unfortunately, many parts of our nation do in fact have unsafe drinking water. Switching back to the dangers of unsafe tap water is certainly ill advised. It’s a good idea to check the situation with the water in your region prior to drinking water from the faucet blindly. Several water reports may deem the tap water in your area as unsafe by local officials. Either boiling water can possibly best produce delicious drinking water before placing it in the refrigerator to cool (this process may be a bit old-fashioned, but it’s still better than taking a chance with unsafe water), or the simple purchase of a PUR water filter for your kitchen faucet.
My Take on Bottled Water
Water here in Hawaii by national standards is suppose to be very good, I have no problem drinking from the tap. I do filter my water in a Brita water filter pitcher though. I also purchase bottled water (Costco) but drink it for convenience and when I’m on the go. I find it funny how water bottles put the nutritional facts on every bottle, I know it is probably required but how dumb to they think we are. Hawaii also has a beverage fee of 5 cents for every bottle sold, if you recycle your cans and bottles you get your 5 cents back. This has really increased the recycling rate and has been good for the environment as well as the state (More money to burn).
When ever I travel I tend to drink bottled water, again it is very convinient. When go to Las Vegas I usually don’t care to drink tap water, call me paranoid but I don’t care to drink water from Lake Mead (yikes). I do like the tap water in Colorado, again it might be mental but I think it tastes good and fresh.
So how is the water where you live? Please share your experiences.