Bottled Water vs. Water Filters
Bottled water is a billion dollar business. While many people believe that bottled water is preferable over regular tap water, there are much more economically and environmentally friendly ways to get your recommended eight glasses of water a day. The cost of a bottle of water is about $1.50 for a 16-ounce bottle, while tap water is a mere hundredth of a cent for the same amount. Instead of literally drinking away hundreds of dollars every year, consumers who dislike the tap water in their homes or workplace could invest in a water filter. Water filters may attach to the faucet cost about thirty to fifty dollars, or filter tap water from a reservoir into a pitcher.
Americans are bottled-water obsessed. Currently, Americans consume approximately 8.6 billion gallons of bottled water annually. Globally, the number reaches around 53 billion gallons a year, making bottled water a $61 billion dollar per year industry. In the meantime, landfills are filling up with the plastic water bottles. This plastic may take over a thousand years to degrade. Sadly, only about one in every five plastic water bottles are recycled. This means that the remaining four bottles contribute to the three billion pounds of waste that come from water bottles. In fact, about 17 million barrels of oil are used to help produce these plastic bottles, which can contain harmful chemicals. This amount of oil can fuel a million cars for one full year! Ironically, it actually takes three times the amount of water to produce one bottle than it does to fill it up.
Studies have shown that bottled water does not pass most state health limits for chemicals and other contaminants, including e. coli bacteria. Bottled water companies are not required to provide information regarding the source of the product, or disclose any quality control reports; so, while the water may be purchased at every gas station, supermarket, vending machine, and convenience store in the country, consumers do not know where the water comes from before it is placed on the shelves. One little known fact that people may not be aware of is that about 40% of bottle water is taken from local municipal tap water sources.
Tap water is typically filtered through a municipal water system that ensures that the water does not contain e. coli and other common bacteria. The source of the tap water is also available through the city or town water authority. Information is made available to the public regarding water treatments and testing. Water filters are an effective and economical way for consumers to ensure that their drinking water is safe and flush out any particles that may naturally exist in tap water, this is especially important if you have hard water, or water with a high percentage of minerals in the water.
Filtered water is much more cost effective, environmentally friendly, and healthier. Pitcher filters can be purchased at most retail stores and can help to filter tap water naturally. These pitchers are reusable, and typically use activated charcoal to filter the water and remove and build up.
The next time you go to the grocery store and consider purchasing a package of bottled water, remember these facts and consider the alternatives that are better for your body and for Mother Earth. For more information about bottled and filtered water, please refer to the following websites:
- Bottled Water Information – Educate yourself about bottled and tap water.
- Study – This study looked at the process in which bottled water is made, and shows how it is not as safe as many might think.
- Is it Better? – An article discussing the debate over whether or not bottled water is better for you.
- How is Water Purified – Information about the water purification process and regulations placed on bottled water.
- The Truth About Water – What’s the difference between bottled and tap water? Learn more here.
- Not Healthier than Tap Water- This report discovers that bottled water is no healthier than tap water.
- Is it Safe? – Find out whether or not bottled water is safe to drink with these findings.
- Standards and Regulations – An article that discusses the current regulations of water, and if bottled or tap is better for you.
- Types of Water Filters – Learn what types of water filters are available and which type is right for you.
- Filtration Facts – The Water Health Series provides information on water filtration systems for consumers.
- Local Drinking Water Information – The EPA's map and information on local drinking water within the United States.
- Americans and Bottled Water – Read more about Americans' love affair with bottled water.
- Recycling- Some information about what bottled water companies are doing to help recycling efforts.
- Bottles and Waste- How the bottled people use can pile up as waste in landfills.
- Changing Peoples' Thinking – This article discusses how people can change their way of thinking and start being conscious about their bottled water usage.
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