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No Room for Excuses; It’s Time to Put Down the Plastic Bottles for Good

By Dr. Mark LeChevallier – July 24, 2015 – 2 Comments

Did you know that more than 70% of plastic water bottles consumed by Americans end up in landfills? Wherever we go we see bottled water: school, work, the grocery store, and restaurants. But what you might not know is bottled water does more harm than just being waste, and using a re-fillable water bottle filled with tap water is better for your health, your wallet, and the environment.

 First of all, the price of bottled water is 300 times more expensive than tap water. By drinking tap water you’d be saving a lot of money. More than 25% of bottled water is simply tap water in a bottle, so you’re paying for something you can get out of your own tap anyway, and wasting plastic while doing it. 

In addition, the amount of energy to treat, bottle, transport, and chill the bottled water results in a carbon footprint that is hundreds to thousands of times higher than tap water.  The greenhouse gasses generated by the energy used in the production of the plastic bottles, shipping and transport, and refrigeration of the water contribute to global warming and climate change.  

Also, using disposable water bottles adds more plastic to landfills, which is really not something our planet needs. We need to start thinking about future generations and how our actions will affect their lives. 

Another misperception is that bottled water is safer or “more pure” than tap water.  Don’t get fooled into thinking that plastic bottled water is better than what you already have available at the tap. In fact, the federal government regulates tap water more strongly than it regulates bottled water. 

Clearly there are times where bottled water is the right or only choice, such as in emergency situations where tap water is unavailable or when you are choosing between bottled soft drinks or bottled water and want to make the healthier choice. But for drinking water on a regular basis, the best thing to do is to buy a refillable bottle and rely on your own tap water. 

The average American spends $150 a year on bottled water. Compare that to even a $40 metal reusable bottle and it simply doesn’t make sense to be wasteful. If every American stopped buying bottled water and instead filled their own bottles with tap water, just think about how much less plastic would be used, preserving the planet for future generations.

2 Comments

  • Paula says:

    So what do you do if the tap water is not good some of the time. Sometimes it really smells of chlorine, sometimes it has a yellow color.

  • Mandeep Gupta says:

    It is regretted that we do not get qualitative water and are forced to take bottled water. Industrial effluent, domestic effluent, waste-water generated from various towns all are discharged into water bodies or openly causing percolation of all dangerous chemicals, hazardous materials mixing with either ground water or available clear water bodies making it unfit for human consumption/health.Various WTPs and STPs in many municipalities does not function properly either due to under/ below capacity, lack of skilled persons, lack of applications, lack of operational maintenance, lack of knowledge, not assessing required chlorine for the disinfection, not following updated and new technologies, lack of funds, not adopting proper measures to for their functional. Problem can be avoided if every system operates and function well with proper planning, applied techniques with required skills. People may get qualitative water in their tap. Once the people start trusting the quality of municipality tap water after getting qualitative water with properly tested in laboratories as per EPA standards, this will reduce bottled water.

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