The Pros And Cons Of Bottled Water

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Americans use a lot of water, in fact the average American uses 90 gallons a day. (SF) Then it is not too surprising to learn America also has one the cleanest water reserves in the world. (CDC) A surprising statistic, however, is one-third of the American population drinks bottled water on a regular basis, when the majority have clean drinking water at home. (NRDC) This might be because the bottled water industry has promoted itself as a healthier and more portable alternative to tap water. However is it really any safer or better than tap water, or is it only a misleading and expensive gimmick to bring in money for large companies? Americans, as a whole, spent around $11.8 billion dollars on bottled water in 2012. (Boesler)…show more content…
The plastic the bottles are made from is softened with chemicals called phthalates. When exposed to heat, such as being left in a hot car, these phthalates may be released contaminating the water. These phthalates act like hormones and disturb the endocrine system (ie. pancreas, ovaries, testes, thyroid gland). (Parsons) Another risk is antimony, a dangerous chemical used in making water bottles. The longer the bottle is sitting around the more develops in the water. In high doses antimony can cause nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. Even though research has concluded any antimony that is in the water is at a safe level, it should produce concern and prompt more study.…show more content…
World wide it takes about 72 billion gallons of water each year to make the bottles alone. This massive waste only expands as only twenty percent of the bottles end up being recycled. Those that are not recycled could end up in landfills, in the park, or on the side of the highway, where it could take a thousand years or more to degrade. (RD) However there are healthy, eco-friendly, and affordable ways to carry around tap water. Aluminum bottles are built to be carried in cars, in bags, and on your belt loop. There are even bottles that filter water as people drink them. So even on vacation people can drink from public sources without fear of contaminates. These alternatives won’t only save you money, but protect your health and the environment too. Many people consider bottled water to taste better than tap water, yet this is not always the case. It seems to be considerably difficult in most places to distinguish between tap and bottled. In a blind taste test at Boston University only 1/3 were able to correctly identify the tap water. (BU) Also in a taste test on Good Morning America 45% of the studio audience actually choose tap water over bottled water. (ABC) Yet, if someone still feels as if their water tastes less than gratifying there are ways to improve their tap, such as filters, or bottles and pitchers that infuse fruit flavor into the

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