A typical family consumes 26 gallons of bottled water a year

by Michael Smith (Veshengro)

A typical American family consumes 26 gallons, that is about 100 liters, of bottled water a year. That's a lot of water and a lot of, primarily, plastic containers.

How much does that make for the USA as a who and then add to that the rest of the world, especially the developed world where there seem to be the greatest fools that think that they have to have bottled water. Some even have been so convinced that bottled water is better for them and healthier.

It is not just the plastic bottles, far too many of which never make it to the recycling centers and -plants, but the water itself that concerns me. That is water that is being taken out of the natural cycle and therefore does not go to feed our watercourses and does not fill our reservoirs.

In addition it is a well-known, well-known to those of us in the know, that a great deal of bottled water is not spring water at all but, in fact, is from public sources, as Pepsi has had to admit, which means it comes from the standard mains water supply of our municipalities.

And you pay how much a bottle for something that you can get at your faucet at home, at your kitchen tap, for free?

May I suggest that we all think about it what we are doing in this regard, and that is aside from just the environmental impact that our bottled water consumptions is having. How much does this habit cost? Way too much for something that I can get for nigh free at home or at any mains tap.

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