“Bottom line, if you buy bottled water because you think it's healthier than tap, test after test shows no evidence of that. And if you buy fancy brands because you think they taste better, you're probably just buying the hype.
- John Stossel, ABC 20/20
America is a throw-away society. There is no better example of this than the amount of disposable plastic water bottles that enter the waste stream in this country. Read the facts below and learn how you can make an important contribution to environmental protection by using a refillable water bottle.
Is bottled water safer?
A study by the National Resources Defense Council concluded that “bottled water is not necessarily any safer than tap water.” They tested more than 100 brands of bottled water and found contamination exceeding allowable limits in at least one sample from about one-third of the brands.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for bottled water safety, but has weaker regulations than those for tap water which are set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The FDA rules exempt water packaged and sold within the same state which accounts for 60-70% of bottled water. Only state regulations apply in these cases.
Bottled water companies do not have to release their water-testing results to the public, whereas municipalities do. 25% of bottled water comes from the same municipal sources as tap water. Sometimes it is treated further and sometimes it is not.
The Cost to the Environment
To make and distribute one single 16.9oz bottle of water it takes
- ½ a cup of oil, and
- 50.7 oz of water – that’s 3 times the amount in the bottle
- It also produces 120 grams of CO2 gas
Making bottles to meet Americans’ demand for bottled water requires more than 17 million barrels of oil annually – that’s enough to fuel 1 million cars for a year!
The Cost to you
Bottled water is a billion dollar a year business.
At almost $10 per gallon, bottled water costs more than gasoline!
Tap water is practically free.
How You Can Help?
Take Back the Tap: Save resources & Money
Use refillable water containers and fill them from your tap.
(If you want to change the taste, use a water filter)
If you use a disposable water bottle recycle it, never put it in the trash.
Schools banning bottled water!
More than 90 colleges and universities have banned or restricted the sale of bottled water on campus. Many schools, such as Harvard and Dartmouth, are installing “water-bottle-filling stations” to provide easy access to filtered water and eliminate the need for disposable bottles. Princeton, for example, has over 150 such filling stations and hands out free reusable water bottles with a map of filling stations to new students.