Do you remember the last time that you paid for a case of bottled water? What did you pay? $6.00 for 20 bottles? Let's just suppose that's the price. A rough calculation puts the price of that case of water at about $0.25/gallon. Or maybe you can recall that single bottle of water that you purchased at the gas station for $2.50. Well, no matter what you're paying for bottled water we know that compared with the tap, you are grossly overpaying. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, tap water costs about $.002 per gallon!
Unlike your municipal tap water system, bottled water manufacturers are not required to publish a list of the exact contents of their water. Many contaminants that must be tested for in local tap systems may not be at a water bottling facility. Using a qualified filter will give you the assurance that you're drinking clean water every time.
Each year 50 billion single-use plastic bottles are manufactured. It's estimated that, at best, about 23% of these bottles are recycled and reused. If you do the calculation, this means about 38 billion plastic bottles are entering our landfills, waste sites, and worst of all...oceans. Choosing to use a filter pitcher along with a reusable water bottle can significantly curb your contribution to this waste issue.
4) Bottled water may contain fluoride
Most bottled water is sourced directly from local tap water systems. And since the FDA does formally require water bottling companies to list the amount of fluoride contained within their product, it's safe to assume that most of this water contains fluoride. The best way to know for sure that your water is fluoride free is to use a filter that has proven through rigorous testing to remove it.
The shipment of plastic water bottles is just one example of how energy efficient their production is.
5) Energy waste
The manufacturing, filling and shipping of single-use plastic water bottles is extremely energy demanding. Each individual bottle is made with plastics that must first be manufactured from oil. Once made, the bottles go through a number of inspection processes before they are filled with water. After being filled these bottles are then loaded onto petrol driven trucks bound for grocery and convenient stores. According to the Environmental Working Group, it takes 2,000 times more energy to produce a single plastic bottle than to use tap water.