Save money, support a healthier environment, and enjoy the safest water
Other studies show that as much as 45 percent of bottled water is tap water, but it costs as much as 2,000 times more! Consider this: IF you were to refill a 16.9 ounce bottle with town/city tap water every day for a year, your cost would be less than $.50. If you were to buy a $2 bottle of water every day, you’d pay $712 a year!.
Bottled water can contain harmful contaminants. When the city of Cleveland ordered a test of bottled Fiji Water, it discovered that the bottled water contained levels of arsenic that weren’t in the city’s water supply. Also concerning, certain chemicals used to manufacture plastic bottles may negatively impact health. By leaching into your water, those chemicals can disrupt yoru body’s endocrine system, which helps produce needed hormones. The World Health Organization (WHO) has linked these endocrine-disrupting chemicals – or EDCs – to many illnesses, nervous system problems in children, and disruptions in male and female reproductive systems.
Get the Best Taste & Purest Water –
The evidence suggests that buying bottled water only benefits those who sell it. If you think giving up bottled water means sacrificing taste, there are ways to achieve that bottled-water taste – without enduring the personal, financial, and environmental health risks.
- Refrigerate your tap water – Simply refrigerating your water will help remove the chlorine taste that bothers many people.
- Use a filtered water bottle or pitcher – Some water bottles and pitchers (e.g., Britta include an activated carbon filter that removes chlorine and other common contaminents.
- Add a water filtration system – According to research reported by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, adding a filter to your faucet, using a filter-equipped refrigerator with water dispenser, or incorporating a whole-house filter can get rid of unwanted and unregulated chemicals that may come from your faucet, such as arsenic or nitrates.
- Buy a water dispenser and have recyclable, 5-gallo jugs delivered to your home or workplace. While this costs more than water from your tap, it’s far less expensive than purchasing individual bottles. AND, you can be certain the bottles will be reused.
If You Buy Bottled Water, Know What You’re Buying –
If you plan to continue buying bottled water, it’s important to understand the terms used on labels. Learn more by downloading the EPA’s “Bottled Water Basics” at http://water.epa.gov/drink/info/upload/2005_09_14_faq_is_healthseries_bottledwater.pdf. Please recycle your empty bottles.
By the Numbers
9.1 Billion bottles of water were sold in the U.S. in 2011. ! That’s 29.1 gallons per person!
10 percent of plastic manufacturered in the world that ends up in the ocean. Most settles on the ocean floor and will never degrade.
38 Billion water bottles end up in landfills each year. That’s $1 billion worth of plastic that could have been recycled.
45 percent of bottled water is tap water, estimates show.
1,500 bottles of water are consumed each second in the U.S.
46,000 pieces of plastic are floating in every square mile of ocean!