During the Safer-at Home Order, it’s important to take care of ourselves since we are spending more time inside relaxing. Exercising at home or going outside for a walk or run is good to do. It’s also very important to drink water. Water is an important resource that we often take for granted. Here are five of several important facts to consider about bottled water.
- Bottle Decomposition
Many people purchase cases of water bottles and never think about how long these bottles will take to decompose after they throw away the empty bottles. Our world is getting so polluted and crowded with plastic because it takes an extremely long time to decompose. Scientists estimate that it takes between 450-1000 years for single-use water bottles to decompose. These bottles may be convenient, but aren’t good for the earth.
- Costly Bottles
People purchase water bottles for their convenience, but it’s actually thousands of times more expensive than tap water. Tap water costs $0.004 per gallon versus bottled water that costs $11.60 per gallon. It’s estimated that if water utility companies charged what bottled water costs per gallon, an average monthly water bill for a family would be $9000. By switching to reusable BPA-free water bottles, a family can save over $40,000 over a 20-year period too.
- Water Quality Violations
Whenever we drink bottled water, we assume that the water we’re drinking is pure. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) concluded from their testing that more than one-third of bottled water brands violate the standards for water quality. This means that these bottled water brands exceeded microbiological purity guidelines. Bottled water is not as pure as many people think.
- The Real Deal?
Many people have the idea that their bottled water comes from a mountain lake or river, or even a crisp, cool stream. In reality, over 25% of bottled water is actually tap water in a bottle. That tap water is from the company’s local municipality, so there is the possibility of contamination.
- Taste Preference
Sometimes the only way to tell which product people prefer is to do a blind taste test. Several blind taste tests of bottled water versus tap water have been done over the years. The results show that people actually prefer tap water over bottled water. If people are concerned about their tap water, a water filter is an inexpensive investment.
Now that you’ve had the chance to learn a little bit more about bottled water, it’s a good idea to consider switching to tap water in reusable BPA-free water bottles, especially if you’re still buying bottled water from the store. Not only will you be saving money, but you’ll also be saving the earth.
Photo found at: https://time.com/5581326/plastic-particles-in-bottled-water/