If you’re like many Americans, you choose to drink bottled water over tap water because of perception. You believe that tap water is unsanitary, while bottled water is clean, fresh, and safe. As a result, you buy cases of water every trip to the grocery store, costing hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars a year. Unfortunately, new research indicates that by doing so, you’re doing nothing more than wasting your money.
Take Back The Tap
A report from Food & Water Watch, titled, “Take Back the Tap,” revealed that households in the United States unnecessarily spend up to $16 billion on bottled water. This is mainly due to marketing and lobbying efforts from bottled water companies, such as
- Nestle Pure Life
- Poland Spring
- PepsiCo’s Aquafina
Lobbying groups such as the International Bottled Water Association are mostly responsible for the false claims and marketing push surrounding bottled water. Even though these companies lead you to believe that their water is safer to drink than tap water, in actuality, 64% of the water used in bottled water comes from municipal tap water sources.
This means that Americans are paying for water that they could otherwise get for free. The report indicated that some spend up to 2000% percent more for bottled water than they would for tap water, even though the water is the same. Furthermore, it’s reasonable to make the argument that tap water is safer to drink than bottled water. There is more federal insight and monitoring of tap water than there is of bottled water.
Research also found that are a few groups of people more susceptible to these false marketing claims, including
- Low-Income Groups
- People of Color
- Immigrant Communities
One of the main reasons these groups are affected more than others is because they don’t have access to safe water. Purchasing bottled water is the only way for them to gain access to clean drinking water. If municipalities took measures to correct their water filtration systems, these groups would have access to water that was safe to drink and would not have to rely on bottled water.
Bottled Water Also Harms The Environment
Not only does the bottled water industry hurt the wallets of millions of Americans, it also has a significant negative impact on the environment. In 2016 alone, the bottled water industry was responsible for using four billion pounds of plastic. If people do not recycle these bottles, they will endup in landfills and waterways Additionally, the energy input of at least 45 million barrels of oil is needed to produce that much plastic.
Bottled water has been so harmful that in 2011, the National Park Service banned it from all national parks. The measure has been successful in keeping approximately two million plastic bottles out of the waste stream.
As a result of the harmful environmental impact, “Take Back the Tap” urged Congress to pass the Water Affordability, Transparency, Equity, and Reliability (WATER) Act. This measure would allocate federal funds to fix public water infrastructure across the country. Ultimately, the goal is to restore the public’s trust and confidence in tap water.
Don’t Waste Money On Bottled Water
There’s no longer a need to waste money on bottled water each year. Carolina Water can deliver clean, safe drinking water to the tap in your home. Carolina Water’s team can run tests to determine any issues you may have with your water and the tools needed to fix it. After working with Carolina Water, you’ll be able to use a refillable water bottle instead of cheap plastic ones.
When working with Carolina Water, upgrading your water filtration system is a small investment that will quickly pay for itself.