Health and environmental factors are showing that bottled water is not the clear choice.

However, a large percentage of people still choose to buy this kind of water.

So what, right? Well, this source of water is not as good as people think it is..

..and yet it has been the new choice for water consumption for quite a few years now. More and more news articles of late show that bottled water is neither a healthy or economically valid substitute for other water sources.

Lets first consider some significant numbers

Consumers in the United States drank more than 9 billion gallons of bottled water in 2007 which accounts for approximately 75% of the population. This makes it the most consumed beverage besides carbonated soft drinks.

Now on the surface, this seems like a good thing. People, on average, should be drinking more water. Ideally, this would involve a source of pure water that is of high quality and both environmentally and economically sustainable.

This is where this plastic contained water fails.

First of all, we want the purest water we can drink. So, how do we know what is pure?

Unfortunately, the industry that bottles water is not as highly regulated as they want you to believe. There currently is not enough workforce capacity to regulate the companies that exist to make sure their standards are the highest possible.

Concerns about water quality of major bottlers have made headlines.

  • In 2004, Coca Cola admits that their Dasani brand is nothing but tap water.
  • In mid 2007, Pepsi had to make a similar claim, stating that Aquafina is treated tap water.

The point is that there are many companies that have had to change the claims that they have the purist, best tasting water available. The question is.which one can you trust completely? The answer is none, of course. Popular magicians Penn and Teller did their own research into bottled water and tap water. Their findings might shock you. Viewer discretion is advised for some not-so-nice language.

So what should we do in light of this information?

Another mentioned issue was that of the environment. The effects of this industry are taking a considerable toll on our environment:

  • More than 4 billion pounds of plastic bottles end up in landfills every year.
  • It took more than 17 million barrels of oil to produce plastic bottles for water last year.
  • This generated more than 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide.

Economically, this source of water can really be a drain. Prices can be as much as $2 for a 24 ounce bottle, which would add up to about $10 per gallon. This is considerably more expensive than gasoline!

Strange isnt it? You are more likely to hear someone complaining about the cost of gasoline rather than the cost of their water.

The evidence is clear. This is no longer a valid source for water. As with any real change, it is effected one person at a time. The choice is now up to us.