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Take Back the Tap: Bottled Water Wastes Resources and Money

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Americans have bought into the myth that bottled water is purer and healthier than tap water. This misconception is largely the result of crafty marketing tactics from the bottled water industry, but the truth is that the federal government requires-->

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Kit B (276)
Monday June 24, 2013, 7:13 pm
Image Credit: Food Water Watch

Americans have bought into the myth that bottled water is purer and healthier than tap water. This misconception is largely the result of crafty marketing tactics from the bottled water industry, but the truth is that the federal government requires more rigorous safety monitoring of municipal tap water than it does of bottled water.

For this first time in years, total U.S. bottled water sales fell during the economic recession. During this time, more-expensive brand names struggled while cheaper private label water — store brands — experienced an increase in sales. This competition led Nestlé, among other companies, to reduce the price of its bottled water, to use advertising methods that tout purity6 and to target both people in emerging markets and minority groups in the United States that have limited access to safe drinking water.

Between 2007 and 2012, Nestlé’s bottled water sales fell in the United States, Canada and Europe but boomed by 73 percent in other regions. A survey published in a journal of the American Medical Association found that African-American and Latino parents dish out more money on bottled water than non-Latino white parents. The survey found that this is largely because Latino and African-American parents were more likely to believe that bottled water was safer than tap water.

What some people may be unaware of is that almost half of the bottled water sold today comes from municipal tap water supplies. When bottlers are not selling municipal water, they are pumping and selling common water resources that belong to the public. These pumping operations can harm the environment and natural resources that communities rely on.

Just kicking the bottle in favor of the tap is not enough. Our public drinking water systems need renewed federal commitment, but instead we are decreasing federal funding for our essential water and sewer systems. The federal government’s contribution to water infrastructure improvements dropped from more than 60 percent in 1977 to less than 7 percent in 2007. After receiving a boost in 2010, federal support for water and sewer systems continued to decline in 2011 and 2012. A Clean Water Trust Fund would provide a dedicated source of federal funding so that communities across the United States can keep their water clean, safe and affordable, and the U.S. Congress should pass legislation declaring water a universal human right.

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JL A (281)
Monday June 24, 2013, 7:22 pm
signed the pledge earlier, noted now

Christeen Anderson (368)
Monday June 24, 2013, 7:31 pm

Lydia S (155)
Monday June 24, 2013, 7:56 pm
Thanks for this , I own reuse'able bottles , coffee travel cups , I refuse to indulge the bottled water craze .
Also how much pollution is caused by the shipping , packaging of bottled water .
Nice site at link , bookmarked .

Glenn Byrnes (196)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 12:59 am
Noted. Thanks for posting this.

Ann K (112)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 1:08 am
I've noticed that more people have the reusable filtered water bottles. Not a perfect solution but better than single use bottles.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 1:24 am
Done-thx Kit

Danuta Watola (1249)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 1:46 am

jeanne schreurs (205)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 4:30 am
Thanks Kit.
I submitted the folowing about Tap water;

Sign the Pledge to Take Back the Tap at the Beach!

Environment (tags: environment, protection, endangered, Sustainabililty )

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Did you know that more than 77% of plastic water bottles are not recycled, and that plastic makes up 80% of the trash that ends up in the ocean? Do your part to make sure your trip to the beach this summer is green and plastic bottle-free

Michael O (176)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 5:09 am
The current popularity of bottled water represents the greatest triumph of marketing over common sense in the history of the world. And I don't mean that as a compliment to the marketing people who worked on this file... :-(

Phillipa W (199)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 5:32 am
excellent cause. Oh so much waste. I've talked to people who have seen bottled water facilities and they were horrified by what they saw - like rats floating in the tanks and stuff like that. Need to get fluoride out of the water supply though. I have bought bottled water when I've been out, and for the life of me I can't work out why people make the effort to do it on a regular basis. So expensive.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 6:56 am
It takes something like 17 million barrels of oil each year to make water bottles for the U.S. market. Plastic-making generates emissions of nickel, ethylbenzene, ethylene oxide, and benzene. I remember when I was a kid drinking water from a garden hose. Thanks for sharing Kit!

Kit B (276)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 7:45 am

Here is something I use. I like having a bottled water with me, and this is a balance to have your water, a recyclable bottle no BPA and 300 uses with a filter in the Bobble bottle.

S S (0)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 1:06 pm
Thank you.

Joy M (169)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 1:28 pm
Noted.. Thank you..

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 2:58 pm
I have never understood why people went for that. This is just a rip-off.

Vallee R (280)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 3:12 pm
We have some bottled water for emergencies - but invested in a good water filer system - have to fill by hand - but well worth it and fill up all our empty bottles - juices, G2's etc and put bck for emergencies now -

Kathy B (106)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 3:53 pm
I read somewhere long ago that between the manufacturing and shipping of the bottles (empty, then full) you should envision that water bottle 1/3 full of oil. That's a pretty gross vision :)

. (0)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 5:15 pm
Great pot, Kit. Thanks for sharing.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 5:23 pm
Our Ontario Liberal Party thinks that bottled water is such a good idea they leveraged the Great Lakes water to Nestle's. Isn't that wonderful boys and girls? How astute our politicians are. I don't have words to describe the people that voted for them.

Christine Stewart (134)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 6:12 pm
What is even worse is when big companies can take the water from springs that towns need for their own uses, or when the water grab will destroy wildlife habitat because the water table is sucked dry...

Sherri G (128)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 1:48 am
Has anyone tasted vitamin water? I tried it at my son's house, gave it back to him, and said just water with a little ice works for me. I told him he has entirely too much money if he can afford that stuff. I try gently while walking on egg shells to guide him away from bottled and flavored water. I'll know he is listening when I see bottled water go away. Thanks Kit Noted.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 6:08 am

Vitamin Water is produced by Coca Cola, sugars and colors added to water for smack down price.

From Tom Philpot in Mother Jones:

Just for fun, I checked out the ingredients of "orange-orange"-flavored vitaminwater, which are remarkably similar to the other 11 flavors (also listed in that link). Here they are :

Reverse osmosis water, crystalline fructose, cane sugar, less than 0.5% of: citric acid, magnesiumlactate and calcium lactate and potassium phosphate (electrolyte sources), natural flavors, vitamin C (ascorbic acid), gum acacia, vitamin B3 (niacinamide), vitamin E (alpha-tocopheryl acetate), vitamin B5 (calcium pantothenate), glycerol ester of rosin, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine hydrochloride), vitamin B12, beta-carotene, modified food starch, sorbitol.

So, it contains less than 0.5 percent of a whole list of stuff (none of which has anything to do with this particular flavor's namesake fruit, the orange), and thus at least 99.5 percent water, crystalline fructose, and sugar. Crystalline fructose, it turns out, is an even more processed version of high-fructose corn syrup—it provides a pure jolt of fructose. "Cane sugar" is about half fructose and half glucose.

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Diane K (134)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 9:13 am
Noted. thx Kit
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