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The National Recourses Defense

Council conducted an independent
study of over a thousand bottles of
water concluding that there is no
guarantee bottled water is any cleaner
or safer than tap water. In fact…

I S I T R E A L LY
BETTER THAN
T H E TA P ?
More than 25 percent of bottled water is just tap
water in a bottle. How can you tell if your
bottle’s just tap water? Well, the FDA requires
that any water taken from “tap” and not treated
further, requires the label from a municipal source
or from a community water system. #
Don’t be fooled, however, because the FDA does
not require this label if water is taken from a
municipal source and treated further. So,
Aquifina® doesn’t say it’s tap - even though it is because it’s been “purified.”

A graph of
reasons

IS BOTTLED
W AT E R T H E W AY
TO GO?
Bottled water has been booming since
the 1980s. Especially now, when the
industry has generated more than 10
billion dollars in revenue in the US.
This isn’t much of a surprise when
bottled water can cost up to 10,000
times the price of tap water. But there
is a question that lurks around this
business: What are we really buying?
Are we buying special water - specially
clean and purified for drinking - or just
the plastic bottle? Many argue that this
allegedly “pure” water is actually no
better than tap. Others say that the
difference isn’t worth the damage to
the environment. And still, there are
people who want the whole world to
have access to clean water rather than
focus on having the privileged’s to be
“not tap.” All of these perspectives and
more information about bottled water
are addressed here.

Environment. Billions of bottles cross the
US, from ports to trucks to warehouses,
thousands of tons of pollution of all kinds
a d d to o u r g r o w i n g g l o b a l w a r m i n g
problem. And that’s just the United
States. Even though bottled water
companies love to advertise their
recycling excellence, the truth is that less
t h a n 2 0 p e r ce n t o f u s e d b o t t l e s a r e
recycled - the remaining laid to rest in
landfills.

THE ARGUMENT
FOR GLOBAL
PRIORITIES
Inaccessibility. While the US is the
biggest consumer of bottled water, it’s one
of the countries that needs it lea st.
However, only 50% in Central Africa and
25% in China have access to safe water.
From what some interpret, it seems that
the industry is denying a simple element
of life to billions for the sake of higher
profits in America, the country that - for
the most part - would do just fine on tap.

people
drink
bottled
water.

http://www.nrdc.org/water/drinking/bw/chap2.asp#figure2
http://www.worldwatch.org/node/5063
http://academic.evergreen.edu/g/grossmaz/SCHWARMJ/
http://www.nrdc.org/water/drinking/qbw.asp

A depiction of the benefit gained
from the production and
consumption of bottled water, based
on access to or availability of
naturally clean water.