Drinking bottled water is not a good thing to do. It’s expensive and bad for the environment and people (especially the poor). Here’s a list from the NRDC’s Switchboard blogger Michelle Mehta of just a few bottled water statistics to convince you:
- It takes 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water.
- Producing the 33 billion liters of bottled water that Americans drink each year has an energy footprint equivalent to between 32 and 54 million barrels of oil.
- The energy footprint of bottled water is as much as 2000 times the energy footprint of producing tap water.
- Manufacturing the bottles for bottled water alone produces more than 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide.
- Only about 13 percent of bottles actually get recycled.
- About 2 million tons of plastic water bottles a year – 66 million bottles every day – end up in landfills instead of being recycled.
- While nearly all municipal drinking water systems in the U.S. are covered by EPA standards, only an estimated 40% of bottled water products are regulated by the FDA.
If that’s not convincing enough, a certain popular brand of bottled water is so close to the EPA limit on uranium content that one of the labs at my university uses it to test and calibrate their ICP-MS machine.