I was in California this past summer and was amazed as to how common bottled
water was, even with a 5 cent required bottle deposit. But bottling
in CA makes sense -- production near your market is something taught in business
schools for cost efficiency. Bottled water, unfortunately, is bad
for the environment as not only does it require plastic bottles that are not
likely to be recycled, but the shipping of the heavy product requires fossil
fuels. I recall reading some time back about how Fiji Water is a
classic paradox. Here in America, it is considered an upscale bottled water,
but it is shipped from an impoverished remote nation where the water supply is
controlled by corporations at the expense of local citizens. And of course, the
fossil fuels to ship that water is another cost to consumers and the
environment.Here's another water problem: China is literally
shipping its water to America via canned fruit and apple juice. The millions of
cases shipped every year to America is literally shifting the water table and
will likely will impact that nation of 1.3 billion people.
While the transportation cost of bottled water is a legitimate question, it is
primarily addressed through the cost that is incorporated into the sales price.
We don't need a Federal or state "water czar" telling us where we
can get water from. While many western cities have good quality tap water, that
is not so everywhere. Orlando's tap water tastes terrible, yet is served in
restaurants and carbonated beverages. Plastic water bottles are not
a threat to the environment. They do not take up any significant amount of space
in landfills, and there is no shortage of landfill space in America. The worst
thing to do is burning it and turning it into Carbon Dioxide and air pollutants.
Water bottles are no different from bottles that hold sodas or fruit drinks. If
they aren't recycled now, they can be retrieved from landfills years
from.now and be recycled when demand makes it economically worthwhile. And you
don't want pastics to biodegrade and release chemicals into groundwater.
Packaging should be inert and benign, like dirt.
I remember we once tried to drink Canada dry. I have found a tap
filter or water pitcher with a filter to be far superior tasting water. Many of
these water companies go through less stringent water purification than local
And they are still in denial and not acknowledging they re being scammed by
people selling water from the tap as purified and filtered and better water.A few years back I got interested in this and took it upon my self to
question and test some water services and bottled water comparisons. For the
most part, they were all testing the same as tap water. The only tap water in
question are those area near mining and aquifer contaminated with concentrations
of minerals related to mining with heavy mineral taste.I contacted
several water companies, checked and compared yearly water reports with federal
standards in water quality and most of the SL valley were well within the
federal standards and same as bottled water being sold off the shelf in stores.
In home filtration systems for drinking water are a waste of money and do not
remove or purify water beyond what the water districts supply. It was also
interesting to find that the human body relies on many of the minerals and
chemicals that are naturally occurring in water the sellers try to tell you are
harmful, no-one wants to listen to the truth.