The greener option, Bottled or Tap water?

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The trend of using bottled water has got entrenched in our lives not only in offices and workplaces but also in the average homes. The five gallon bottles used in water dispensers have been complemented with one liter water bottles which are available at all public places such as airports, railway stations, shops, gas stations and so on. Gallons of bottled water know to be sourced from the purest of springs are consumed by people all over the planet. No doubt the business of bottled water is booming. But do you know at what cost?

Do you know the truth about Bottle water?

Bottled water that is available in commercial establishments is not under EPA regulation like tap water. No doubt FDA is responsible for the quality of bottled water but the existing loopholes in the system are something to be thought of seriously. First and foremost the FDA rules may govern the packaged water going out of the state but things may not be the same for bottled water sold in the same state.



In the absence of stringent standards in many cases the bottled water which is bought at a price may turn out to be plain tap water, at the most undergoing processes such as filtration and reverse osmosis. There has been a lot of talk about the BPA(Bisphenol A) used in the manufacturing of these 5 gallon polycarbonate bottles. It is not yet proved but is suggested to have carcinogenic effects when studied in mice.

 

Are these bottles safe for Kids?

It has been banned in European countries and Canada from being used in Baby bottles. But think of all the bottles we buy for our kids to take water from home. We pay extra monay for these BPA made bottles thinking that we are keeping our kids safe. But looks like we infact are helping grow this concept of BPA bottles. I don't know about you but my kids hate drinking from school. They think the water comes from the Bathrooms so they will stop themselves from drinking water throughout the day.  So how do we help them and help our environment. I think schools should make sure the water is clean and educate the kids about how it is safe to drink from the water fountain in school. And if you still want to give them water from home get them stainless steel bottles which  don't have any such problems and fill up in the house so in a way you are helping both the  environment and the kids.

 

Disposal of bottles is another major issue as plastic used for packaging water takes a long time to disintegrate and proves to be a major environmental hazard. Unless there is a major revolution in biodegradable plastics and until manufacturers start using them as a cost effective option to package water in them, this will continue to be a major problem for the earth.

Why Tap water is better for you?

Across USA, Municipality water sourced from taps comes under the EPA regulation unlike bottled water which is not thoroughly regulated. According to many studies conducted by professionals and scientists , it is clear that one can be sure of what’s there in the tap water and using a filter would be a an easier alternative.



By using tap water you would be contributing to reducing the carbon footprint. A lot of fuel and energy is consumed in the manufacture of plastic bottles. The use of fossil fuels, nearly 35 million barrels of oil per year, is required to manufacture the PET containers for bottling water. So you can imagine how you could reduce your carbon footprint if you do away with bottled water. Besides a bottle could take a thousand years to biodegrade and would thus add to the environmental pollution.



Drinking tap water is also better if people are looking to save money, more so in the season of economic downturn. A person can save, on an average, nearly a thousand dollars annually by doing away with bottled water and relying more on tap water.



Consequently tap water would be a better alternative which could be made safer by adopting measures such as getting the water tested in a laboratory and accordingly installing a water filter. Tap water can be safely stored and carried in environmental friendly containers such as steel or glass.