Common Cents – Bottle vs. Tap Water

The world’s fastest growing beverage?  Bottled water!  The U.S. is the biggest consumer of bottled water with Americans averaging 26 gallons per year. The popularity stems from an impression that water in a bottle is healthier than from the tap, but not so. Tap water in the U.S. and other industrialized countries has proven to be just as safe or safer than bottled water. Consider this: the EPA does not allow any fecal matter in city tap water, whereas the FDA permits certain levels in bottled water! Is it worth paying  the same price for a bottle of water as 1,000 gallons of tap water or four times more than gas?

Now factor in the environmental costs. The carbon dioxide emissions created by transporting bottles of water by sea, rail and road contributes to global warming. Plus, 27 million gallons of oil (a finite natural resource) per year in addition to extraordinary amounts of energy is used to make the bottles. Finally, we contribute to the world’s water shortage when more water is bottled from natural springs, aquifers and ground water than is naturally replenished.

Think about joining the newest wave of chic with “eau de tap.”

How much money would you save?

How much would you help stop global warming?

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