Blog Action day is coming up and the topic is Water. Below is some information about bottled water and my view on it.
Currently 3.6 million people die each year because they don’t have clean water to drink and every day 4,000 children younger than 5 die from preventable, water-borne diseases.
Reports in the last 10 years have shown the consumption of bottled water in the U.S per person has doubled and they now drink an average of 200 bottles of water per person each year.
Millions of people across the world don’t have access to clean water but an overwhelming majority of Americans have safe and cheap tap water flowing but choose to spend their money on bottled water.
Food and Water Watch reports that 17 million barrels of oil, which is enough to fuel 1 million cars for a year, are needed to produce all the plastic water bottles we use in the U.S. each year. 86 percent of them will never be recycled.
A third of bottled water is from the same source as tap water. PepsiCo, Coca-Cola and Nestle who are the three big water bottle companies suck metropolitan water systems for the product they bottle and sell to us for more cost. Nestle has been mining groundwater in rural communities. Many of these communities are concerned about their springs and streams going dry because of bottling operations.
I don’t understand why so many Americans are buying bottled water when they’ve got drinkable tap water. Bottled Water may not be causing much of a problem now but in the future they’ll be no oil and communities won’t be able to use their springs and streams because bottled water companies will have mined all their drinkable water. If people all over the world who had safe, clean tap water than we would save lots of oil and water from other communities.