Is Bottled Water Necessary?

Where did we get our fascination with bottled water? For some reason, we no longer think the water out of our tap is good enough, and it’s necessary to drink it from a bottle instead. In some countries, that may be true, but in the U.S. as in many other places, tap water is perfectly safe. In fact, recent studies have pointed out that some bottled water is contaminated, and some others come from the same supply as our own tap water.

Many people like to save money by reusing their water bottles, filling them with water from their home. However, now some scientists are saying that the plastic used in their production is made up of chemicals which can cause health problems. These problems are more pronounced when you reuse the bottles.

Lastly, think about the amount of energy it takes to produce one of these bottles. The Pacific Institute, which is a nonprofit organization, did a study which concluded that the whole process of getting one liter of bottled water to a store takes a minimum of 1000 times more energy than getting treated water into your home.

Nevertheless, the sale of bottle water continues to increase, to the point that more is sold than beer, if you can imagine that. So, if you are looking for a simple way to save money, drink the water from your own tap. Not only will you be saving money, but you will be doing the environment a favor by creating less waste, and lessening our dependence on the oil which is used to produce the bottles.