4 Reasons to Avoid Bottled Water

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4 Reasons to Avoid Bottled Water

Staff Writer · Apr 16, 2010

Bottled water seems terribly convenient, since you can just grab a bottle and go. However, there are many reasons why you should avoid purchasing water in bottles, whether you’re a champion of the environment or you can just appreciate saving money. A few of the reasons to avoid drinking water in bottles include:

1 – Paying for Water You Can Get for Free or Less

Most public locations offer free drinking water at water fountains. Even at restaurants, you can order unlimited glasses of water for no charge. On the same menu where you can order a free glass of tap water, you can spend as much as $1 to $3 on bottled water. Even if you’re paying for the water-if you pay for your own water utilities and you’re getting water from the tap-the water you pay for at home costs considerably less than water sold in stores in bottles. In fact, when you do the math, water in bottles often costs more per gallon than a gallon of gas.

2 – It’s Not Cleaner

A lot of people know that they’re paying for water they can get for free, but they argue that bottled water is significantly cleaner than water you get from the tap. This is not necessarily the case. Tap water intended for drinking is rigorously filtered and regulated by water plants. Water sold in bottles is less stringently regulated.

There’s also the fact that tap water is continuously in motion, whereas water in bottles is poured into that bottle and sits for months or even years before it’s sold. It also must be transported from locations states or even countries away. This gives bacteria enough time and opportunity to accumulate in the water. Scientists have performed tests on random samples of water sold in bottles and found significant amounts of bacteria.

3 – It’s Wasteful

The entire production of bottled water is wasteful, as plastic bottles are produced to contain a product that’s readily available in most places and then these bottles are then thrown into landfills or put through recycling plants. where they burn unnecessary energy to be recycled. You can do your small part to stop this cycle of waste by refusing to purchase water in bottles. Instead, purchase a reusable bottle (stainless steel is the best for retaining temperature and taste) and fill it wherever you can to have a convenient, non-wasteful bottle of water that’s with you wherever you go.

4 – It’s Possibly Dangerous

Some plastic water bottles contain BPA, a chemical found in plastics (particularly cheap plastics) that has been proven to be harmful if the plastic is holding something that is ingested. Even if the bottle doesn’t contain BPA, these cheap plastic containers can also leak a strange taste or smell into the water. If you’ve ever started drinking a bottle of water and left it out for a day or so, you should have noticed a strange odor from the water. Water companies have claimed this to be non-harmful, but the water is completely unappetizing at this point, so it’s even more of a waste to dispose of it.

Bottled water has become such a staple of drink culture that most people fail to stop and think about the consequences of their purchase. A few decades ago, paying for water in a bottle would have seemed ridiculous and many of the reasons for that sentiment continue to apply today.

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