In a new report entitled “Take Back the Tap,” Food and Water Watch found that 64 percent of bottled water comes from tap water sources, which means that millions of Americans are paying for water that is normally free and available to them in their household.  

According to the report it costs the U.S. households about $16 billion per year. If the report is 100% true that would also mean that the marketing that water bottle companies use to drag in customers by telling them that it’s better and cleaner then tap water sources is false advertising.  

The average gallon of bottled water costs over $9.50, which is 2,000 times the price of tap water. 

The bottled water industry is responsible for over four billion pounds of plastic packaging just in 2016, which required at least 45 million barrels of oil in order to move around the plastic bottles of water, which is a really large carbon footprint.  

The study has a portion that goes over all of this, “When bottlers are not selling municipal water, they are pumping and selling common water resources that belong to the public, harming the environment, and depleting community water supplies.”  

To add on to the problems water bottle companies have caused, during California’s recent historic drought, Nestle depleted the scares water that could have been used for over 2,200 households per year.  

Bottled water companies including Nestle and Coca-Cola have used these marketing techniques that are considered predatory to sell their bottled waters. In 2014 alone Nestle spent over $5 billion in advertising for it Pure Life water brand.  

There has been a large pushback against bottled waters over the last couple years mainly from a lot of people aware of their carbon footprints and who are trying to find ways to limit the amount of plastic that they use. In 2011 The National Park Service even banned bottled water in the nation’s parks, but the Trump administration reversed it last year.  

The reports agenda is to push for The Water Affordability, Transparency, Equity, and Reliability (WATER) Act, which would dedicate public funds to an increase in the overall safety added to the infrastructure of tap water.  

According to the report, “The WATER Act will simultaneously deliver water justice to the millions of people in the United States who lack access to safe water while creating nearly a million jobs.” 

According to the National Resources Defense Council, “If you repeatedly test over 100 brands of bottled water, about a third will have a problem, but if you tested tap water that often, you will find something similar,” this statement and report was released in 2003 which means that this is something that has been known for quite some time.  

Is there more proof? Well since the Water Act of 1974 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have nearly echoed each other with the same regulations on water. The EPA has jurisdiction over tap water, and the FDA has jurisdiction over bottled water, which means there is little difference in the regulatory burden over both tap and bottled water. 

Does this report make you re-think drinking bottled water?  





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