- Spring water used for bottled water comes from environmentally sensitive areas.
- Groundwater pumping can cause water levels to decline both underground and in surrounding lakes, rivers and streams.
- As long as water bottlers profit from water, they have no financial incentive to reduce their total water consumption.
- Tap water has the lowest water footprint and the lowest carbon footprint of any beverage.
- In 2007, bottled water production in the United States used the energy equivalent of 32 to 54 million barrels of oil—enough to fuel about 1.5 million cars for a year.
- The manufacture of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles, water extraction, bottling and distribution amounts to up to 2,000 times the energy cost of producing tap water.
- In 2006, only one out of every four water bottles were recycled; at this rate, millions of tons of empty plastic bottles end up in landfills.
- The distribution of bottled water uses energy and therefore contributes to climate change.