It's time to ditch the bottled water

If you’re heading to the store to get your weekly groceries, chances are you might be buying some bottled water.

According to the Container Recycling Institute, Americans purchase 42.6 billion bottles of water each year - that works out almost 117 million water bottles each day. That is a lot of bottled water!

So, why are we drinking so much bottled water? We think its safer, tastier and we love convenience. But lets take a closer look at bottled water and why we might want to invest in a reusable water bottle instead.

Many people believe that bottled water is safer than tap water, but this isn’t the case. While there are some communities in the United States that have issues with contaminated drinking water - Flint, Michigan being the most obvious example - for the most part tap water is very safe. So safe, that in fact it is often cleaner and safer than bottled water! The National Resources Defense Council reviewed the safety of the bottled-water industry and came to the conclusion that bottled is not necessarily safer, and is sometimes just tap water…bottled. In addition, tap water is more frequently tested for bacteria and contaminants than bottled water. If you are concerned about the safety of your tap or well water, installing an under-sink filtration system or reverse-osmosis system is still cheaper than paying for bottled water in the long run.

Speaking of cheap, let’s look at the cost difference between bottled water and tap water. Tap water varies depending on where you live, but it is safe to say that it is very cheap. Tap water costs approximately $0.0004 per gallon, based on estimates by the America Water Works Association. On the other hand, bottled water is more expensive than gasoline! Depending on the brand and the size of container, bottled water costs 300 to 2,000 times the cost of tap water. So why would we be paying hundreds of times more for a product that isn’t safer? Maybe it’s the marketing, or maybe its the taste.  

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