Today, in the United States, an average person drinks about 30 gallons of water a year. It is the second beverage with the highest consumption in the US, unfortunately; the first one is soda. However, bottled water has no better use than tap water. It is sold because of the jargons like “spring” and “mineral” on its label.
Our Expectations From Bottled Water
What do we expect to get when buying a water bottle? The following are the typical reasons that come in your mind: More minerals than tap water.
1- Healthier water from a pure spring
2 - Enhanced taste
Unfortunately, recent tests and surveys show that, you barely get what you expect. Portability is the only thing you are getting, but on the cost at which it comes, it is better to fill up a bottle from the tap into your home. Here are the facts:
No Better Taste
A study was published in the Journal of Sensory Studies. The study included a survey of six different bottles of water and six different types of tap water. Water samples were tasted by hundreds of people, and their remarks were noted. As a result, it was found that water bottles didn’t taste any different or better. All what people cared about was cooler and tasteless water. Reason: The taste is not affected by the purity of water. It is the mineral concentration that matters, and it is not hugely different in both types of water.
In a test by Natural Resources Defense Council, it was found that about 22% of water bottles contain chemical contaminations that could be dangerous for health. In another test by California State University, six water bottles were tested for purity. All the bottles failed the test for arsenic even though they cleared all other tests. Reason: When subjected to heat, water bottles leach their chemical components from the water. Exposure to heat in the form of sunlight, body heat and storage is common. The heat may be supplied when a water bottle is stored in your garage.
It is Processed Tap Water.
25% of all bottled waters sold in the US, is filled from the municipal water supply. Although exotic words and pictures of waterfalls on their labels don’t tell that it is nothing more than further processed water. Even brands like Coca Cola’s Dasani and Pepsi’s Aquafina use municipal water sources.
Bad for Earth
Most water bottles are made up of polyethylene terephthalate (PET). This plastic can cause the following two crucial problems:
High Consumption of Oil
A research by University of Louisville tells that 17 million barrels of oil is used to make water bottles every year. This is the main reason why the costs of water bottles are high.
A research by the Container Recycling Institute tells that 90% of 30 billion water bottles are dumped and not recycled. Knowing that it takes 400 to 1000 years for a PTE water bottle to disintegrate, it certainly is a danger to the earth’s environment.