Dr. Joanna Castner Post
Intro to College Writing
What is your research question?
Studies have shown there can be various distinguishing effects on the body and the environment from the consumption of tap water compared to the use of bottled water. In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with drinking tap water nor does it effect our environment. Bottled water, on the other hand, has an extensive effect on the environment because plastic bottles take so many years to biodegrade in our local landfills. Consumers today spend a certain amount of money on bottled water that may not even be safe to drink. Spending a greater amount of money on something does not mean that it is a better quality or tastes any different, in this case. Also, prices on bottled water accumulate and increase over the years, which is illogical since the consumer is already spending money on local tap water. Consumers say that the taste of bottled water is better than tap water when really they are usually drinking the same thing. I have heard from many locals that Conway tap water is “gross” but have those consumers even taken the time to look up what the local bottled water has in it? Sometimes I wonder if those consumers are just saying that because others told them that it’s not safe. The consumers hear that they are not to drink the local tap water so it’s automatically bad in their book. My proposal should show that the only thing different about tap water and bottled water is that our local tap water is essentially free and bottled water will charge you for, well, tap water. Everyone already knows that plastic is bad for the environment so why would we continue to use it for storage of our water? In 2008, the University of Cincinnati scientists discovered that when it comes to BPA exposure from polycarbonate plastic bottles, it is not whether the container is new or old but the liquid’s temperature that has the most impact on how much BPA is released (Science Daily). Leaving a bottle of water in a car for a few days and drinking it is harmful to your body. The chemicals used, such as BPA, to make the plastic in the bottle disperse into the water, as the plastic gets soft from the heat. Reporting in Natural Society, BPA contributes to Prostate Cancer, early onset puberty in girls, obesity, hyperactivity, brain damage, Breast Cancer, developmental problems on fetuses, infants, and children, and an alteration in gender-specific behavior in boys (2012). D. Flint suggests that plastic bottles are used to store different substances for consumption and cleaning. Most of the time, people reuse plastic bottles a few times (eHow Contributor, July 2012). Even though plastic bottles are an easier way to package things, they also take years to biodegrade. According to The Effects of Bottled Water on the Environment, the energy required to manufacture and transport these bottles to market severely drains limited fossil fuels. The Natural Society mentioned in a recent study that at often times, the water that is sold in bottled water is tap water (2012). This article also mentioned that it was similar to how the tobacco industry spent millions on “false” advertising, the bottled water industry spends billions each year to make you think you need their “pure” water. On the other hand, other companies who advertise for extra filtration systems on your tap water facets spend roughly the same amount of money on commercial advertisement as companies in the bottled water industry. What they don’t tell you is that by not buying bottled water and spending that money on tap water filtration systems such as the “Brita” filter, one can save money not only per month but year. Not having to buy bottled water everyday not only saves you money on water but also in an exponential trend saves you money on gas from not having to travel back and forth to the grocery store to buy water and helps...