Bottled / Mineral Water Facts: Hazards / Quality, Costs, Environmental Impact
Countries today are spending billions of dollars buying bottled water even though some of the developed countries provide for clean drinking water from the tap. Here are some of the facts about bottled water (also commonly referred to as mineral water) which will indicate that bottled water is not only more costly, its quality is low, more prone to health hazards and also has significant negative environmental impact
- The plastic bottles that this water comes in create billions of pounds of oil based trash destined to live out a thousand year lifespan in a trash dump.
- Americans drink annually 8.6 billion gallons.
- Americans are also willing to pay 10,000 times the cost of tap water for the privilege of drinking an bottled water (10,000 times number from the fact that on average bottled water cost $10 per gallon compared to tap water which costs $.0015 per gallon or about a tenth of a penny)
- Globally some 53 billion gallons of bottled water are consumed creating a $63 billion dollar industry.
- 40% of this bottled water is actually taken from municipal water sources also known as “tap water”.
- Far less testing is done on bottled water than on tap water.
- Unlike tap water, bottled water isn’t tested for e. coli.
- Bottled water can be distributed even if it doesn’t meet the quality standards of tap water.
- Bottled water isn’t required to produce quality reports or even provide it’s source.
- Bottled water production process takes 17 million barrels of oil to produce bottled water which is enough oil to fuel 1 million cars for a whole year.
- It takes about 3 times the amount of tap water to produce and fill 1 bottle of bottled water.
- Only 1 in 5 water bottles ever gets recycled. Instead, 4 go to the trash dump to create about 3 billion pounds of waste just from all of the discarded plastic.