75% of our world is covered with water. Only 1% is drinkable. If we don't get smart, we WILL run out!
We waste water in many ways, but bottling it just promotes over consumption and waste. Here's some bottled water fun facts:
In 1999, the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) published the results of a four-year study in which researchers tested more than 1,000 samples of 103 brands of bottled water. These researchers found...
“An estimated 25 percent or more of bottled water is really just tap water in a bottle—sometimes further treated, sometimes not.”
If bottled water does not necessarily offer purer water than tap water, surely it provides a better tasting water product, right? Not so. Bottled water does not always taste better than tap water.
Bottled water is under the authority of the FDA, while the EPA —under much stricter standards—regulates tap water.
The EPA requires that tap water be tested several times a day and the findings are made public.
The FDA requires bottled water to be tested much less and the results do not have to be made public. Further to that, if the water in the USA is packaged and sold in the same state, it may not be subject to these rules at all.
A much better alternative is to purchase a reverse osmosis unit to install in your home. This will most likely provide the same quality water that you will get in any bottle.