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We buy cases of bottled waters mainly those with fruit flavours and carbonated.  I am guilty of carrying bottled water with me everywhere!  I always have one in hand.  I alternate and fill the bottle with refrigerated water and sugar free flavourings or lemon or lime slices and juice.  I really don't like plain water much but will drink at least 6 bottles of this "altered water.  My husband likes the vitamin waters that yoy place a vile of stuff in nd they bubble.

It is crazy as our local water is considered tops in California. (East Bay MUDD)

As I was reading this article today I wondered if others also buy and drink so much of this "altered water"?  And is it nothing but tap water?

Is a Bottled Water Backlash Coming?


By George Anderson

It appears as though people are coming up with reasons why they and anyone within reading or listening distance shouldn't be drinking bottled water.

Some, such as Tom Standage, writing in The Christian Science Monitor, point out that much of what we're drinking out of bottles is actually tap water. Since we're already drinking tap water, why not just turn the handle and let it pour into a glass. It's convenient and much less expensive than buying it at a retail store or from a vending unit.

Mr. Standage points out that many consumers have the false view that bottled water is somehow safer than what they get from a tap. "The regulations governing the quality of public water supplies are far stricter than those governing bottled-water plants," he wrote.

Another piece in The New York Times points out that some consumers are beginning to question the ecological toll associated with buying bottled water.

According to the Earth Policy Institute, it takes 1.5 million barrels of oil a year simply to produce the bottles that the water is packaged in. There is, of course, the energy consumed in transporting from parts local and around the globe.

Mayors in major cities, including San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis and New York, have begun urging consumers to use tap water. In New York, the city has branded the water pouring from faucets as "NY Tap."

Some argue that people are going to drink beverages out of bottles and cans anyway so the focus on environmentalists should not be on getting people to stop drinking bottled water but getting them to recycle once they are done.

The counter argument is that people should continue to drink water but pour it directly from the tap into a glass or reusable container to reduce the impact on the environment.

Discussion Questions: Does the early stage opposition to bottled water have the potential to become more widespread now that consumers seem to be thinking about environmental impact more than they have in the past? Are there alternatives such as promoting locally bottled water, selling reusable containers, water purification systems, etc. that offer growth opportunities for retailers in the face of such opposition?

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shantihhh's picture
another interesting look at drinking bottled water snip Besides, the giant illuminated Dasani vending machine was just standing there, like a beacon. “Something about it felt like a betrayal,” said Ms. Pollack, who otherwise does not consider herself an ardent environmentalist. She said she decided to stop buying water after hearing friends talk about the impact of America’s bottled water habit. And now she is doing what she can to spread the word. snip to read this interesting article
CookingMyWay's picture
I've always thought that the positive health effects of drinking more water is overshadowed by the negative effects of making and disposing of all that plastic in the bottles. Depending on the day I drink 3-6 liters of water a day. I can feel the difference in my body when I don't have at least 3 liters). I have my own bottles that I fill up straight from the tap of good ole Ponte Vedra Beach water every day – I have one of those Britta filter things but to be honest I can’t tell the difference between using it and not. I do believe that there is some benefits in using it though but for myself I usually don’t take the time to turn the thing on (I do for Maitlin’s water). I do however buy it in bottles too when I need to. I laugh every time I look at a plain bottle of water that costs more than a coke (which has other ingredients in It that cost money...) they start with the same water – one part goes directly into bottles without spending any more money on it – the other get’s costly additives added and goes into a bottle just the same but costs less than the water? Makes me go hummmmm…. There was a great segment on Penn & Teller's show B.S. on Showtime that showcased bottled water. They said that bottled water was a load of BS. To prove this they took over a posh LA restaurant and added a water tasting menu with waters from exotic places that were priced upwards of $10.00 a glass. All the patrons could taste the difference between the waters and raved over how good they were - the hitch - every bottle of water was filled up out back from a hose hooked up to faucet that pumped out LA city water. No special water from the rain forest of Brazil – just good ole every day LA county water that you can get from the tap. Every single one of them had horrid looks on their faces when they found out… Now I’m not saying that filtering your water isn’t a good idea – because in most cases it is, but where does it stop?
Bianca's picture
I have never really liked the idea of bottled water. I do, however, have friends who would drink nothing but bottled water. I am glad to see that I wasnt missing much by not drinking bottled water.
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shantihhh's picture
Very true, at least wine bottles are melted down and made into bottles again and filled again with wine. In Europe you often take your own bottles for filling at the winery or wine store-where they tap a barrel.
joeiscoffee's picture
I buy and drink a lot of Costco brand Kirkland water. It comes, literally, from the land of my ancestors between the Hiwassee and Ocoee rivers in East Tennessee. The tap water where I live has a foul smell and I do not like to drink it. If I lived in NYC I would be perfectly happy with tap water because the water there is fantastic. What I do not understand about this push against bottled water is the packaging for it is no better or worse than any other packaging. Never heard a word about it for products like Coca Cola or milk or beer or cereal or you name it. Perhaps the difference is that water is essentially on tap everywhere. And therefor it seems wasteful to buy it in bottles. Don't get me wrong. I think the amount of packaging we use and consume is appalling. But I'm afraid the dramatic increase in concern for food safety will lead to more importance of packaging and branding, not less.
CookingMyWay's picture
I remember back to the 80's Evan was the only person selling water in my market. I got to the market today and there are 15 different types of water to choose from. There are over 100 different manufacturers making water in the US now. Most of them get their water from the public supply and put it through some sort of filter (and some don't even do that they just stick it in a bottle and sell it). As for concern for food safety - wouldn't it be nice to have some idea where what's inside (the food stuffs) the package came from , how it was handled along with the information about the packaging too?
shantihhh's picture
One of the complications of processed foods is where the ingredients are from local? China? or where? I am so into fresh and local for many reasons health-supporting our local food producers/growers and keeping down the use of fuel getting it to us, less pollution as well as less fuel consumption. Now I know we are ideally located for making such choices-but we all can affect this in many ways. Besides growing your own gives such pleasure!