The Bottled Water Bandwagon
Being uninformed is a crime someone should never commit to our planet. Many people run through their daily routine without putting much thought into how their decisions are affecting our planet. Something as simple as drinking bottled water can cause families to lose their water supply, and environmental turmoil. When will people recognize the damage they’re doing to their environment, and when will the damage outweigh the convenience of bottled water?
Yes, bottled water is convenient. Many people argue that bottled water is better than tap water simply because it’s easily transported and the convenience of it in most locations. No matter where you go, most businesses, truck stops, schools, zoos, etc. have vending machines or coolers that offer bottled water. The problem is, not only are these bottles basically filled with tap water, companies are also charging nearly $1.50 to give it to consumers. Some places even charge $3.00. This isn’t a good value, by any means.
Take for instance, Aquafina or Dasani bottled water. Both can be purchased from vending machines, and are sold with soft drinks in twenty ounce sizes, at the same price as soft drinks. These drinks are being sold at over five cents an ounce. These brands are essentially filtered tap water. Most tap water costs less than one cent per gallon (Howard). Surprisingly enough, bottled water can cost anywhere from two hundred forty to ten thousand times more per gallon than tap water (Mangor). This is a scam, and a crime in itself that is constantly overlooked.
The truth is, people will continue to buy into the convenience of bottled water unless they take a stand and form a solution. Many groups and colleges have already taken a stand against the bottled water craze and have started something called hydration stations. Across the United States, most recently in Minnesota, colleges have been taking action using this solution. The hydration stations have been put in place that offer a separate spigot from water fountains created for easy refills of a reusable bottle or container. The traditional water fountains are also being strategically placed for students to use as an alternative to bottled water. This simple solution has decreased their campus’ bottled water sales by twenty percent in three years (Fertal).
The city hall in New Haven, Connecticut has also recognized the financial waste of bottled water. The city spends about thirty-one dollars annually to buy five-gallon jugs of water for use in the city offices. The water used comes from the water supply in Worcester, Massachusetts, where it is bottled and then trucked more than one hundred miles to New Haven. New Haven’s school district also sells bottles of water in their cafeterias, when there is tap water readily available at the drinking fountains. The city alderman, Justin Elicker stated, “Our kids need to know that our tap water is of high quality, and they should be encouraged to drink it” (Smith). Schools should follow this example and have the same mindset for their students.
Other people use the excuse that bottled water is healthier than tap water. This is an opinion that only comes from being uninformed. Bottled water commercials make it appear that the water is pure, clean, and coming from the cleanest, healthiest springs in the world. Many times, the glaciers, mountains, and excessive use of the words “pure” and “pristine” can lead viewers to think it’s greater and more healthful than municipal water. When in reality, the water is the same as tap water, with fewer regulations in the production. In theory, bottled water in the United States falls under the regulatory standards of the Food and Drug Administration. In practice, however, about seventy percent of bottled water never crosses the state lines for sale, making it exempt from FDA oversight (Howard). An example of how bottled water regulations vary from place to place, is Jermuk water, bottled in...
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