Why is tap water better than bottled water

Why is tap water better than bottled water

Yearly, there are just about 200 billion bottled waters being sold and consumed globally. And more people prefer to drink it (as compared to tap water) because they feel that water in plastics is safer, cleaner, and healthier for drinking, or is it?

For one, bottled water affects the environment in many ways specially its packaging. Bottled water are commonly put into containers made in Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) which is believe to take a significant quantity of energy to produce, and may cause health risk problems when not properly recycled. In the U.S. an estimation of 15 million barrels of oil are being used just to manufacture plastic bottles annually. And although PET containers are recyclable, only a few number of it are being reused. Imagine the remaining amount of plastic containers that are not recycled worldwide. It does not just add to the global garbage management problem, it also causes flooding in some places, while several end up in oceans jeopardizing life above and under the sea.

But this is just a tip of the iceberg, as bottled water companies also harm the environment in such a way that aquifers and watersheds are being tremendously exploited for their business’ sake. Presently, multinational corporations are said to purchase water utilities in order to support their growing business. So, basically the water that people drink in plastic bottle is the same water that flows in the faucet which undergone extra treatment and sold at a higher price.

Also, drinking bottled water is no healthier or cleaner than tap water, this has been proven in different studies. There have been reported cases of bottled waters containing arsenic contamination, toxic chemical toluene, and high level of coli form bacteria. It just so happen that bottled water companies have discovered a way to market their blue gold” to its public by making people uneasy about the faucet water that is ironically strictly monitored under the standards of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Other advertising approaches include bottled waters that can make one thinner, healthier, sexier, affluent, and even environmentally friendly.

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