When It Comes To Water, The Choice Is Clear
I think it was WC Fields who said “Water? Never touch the stuff. Fish f*** in it, you know”. In spite of the fact that bottled water makers continue to suggest that their product is somehow pure, there’s really no assurance this is true, and oddly, L.A. tap water often beats out bottled water brands in blind taste tests. Add to this the fact that it takes 17 million barrels of oil annually to package and transport America’s bottle water consumed (tap water has 1/100 the environmental impact of bottled water) and you have a big loser all around. It also is ironic that it takes 3 liters of water to package every 1 liter of bottled water, and that while people fret about the economy, they pay $0.89 to $8.26 per gallon for bottled water, while tap water costs a mere $0.002 per gallon. Duke University did an insightful study that outlines the drawbacks of bottled water; they took the results seriously enough that they’re petitioning congress. If you still really want bottled water and your local tap water sucks, see if maybe your area has a product like NYC’s Tap’d, or until Segway creator Dean Kamen’s amazing Slingshot purification system catches on, consider finding your own home water purifying method.