Water is one of the most important natural resources necessary to facilitate life. With the human population growing, clean water is becoming ever more important. For many people, bottled water is a “healthier” alternative to tap water. As far as convenience is concerned, many people still prefer bottler water to tap water because of its accessibility. Bottled water is sold many places that are easily accessible to people. Unfortunately, bottled water is not only costly but also has a negative impact on our environment.
Many people seldom refill up their used water bottles and instead get new ones. According to the Pacific Institute, “Similarly, bottled water that requires long-distance transport is far more energy-intensive than bottled water produced and distributed locally.” This statement is critical because it helps reveal the actual cost of having bottled water readily available. Instead of continuing to purchase cheap bottled water, it may be more environmentally and economically responsible to invest in better infrastructure to promote clean water available through tap. According to the Earth Policy Institute, “more than 30 billon disposable water bottles are discarded each year in the United States, with the average American being responsible for 166 bottles per year.” This staggering amount of plastic bottle use is concerning especially since most of this plastic will end up in a landfill and slowly degrade for centuries.
The need to invest in better water infrastructure is great. By promoting tap water consumption and improving its accessibility many people may stop relying on plastic bottled water. By changing people’s perceptions of plastic bottle use, the environment will be that much cleaner and less polluted.
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Budzaj, D. 2012. U Installs Water Refill Stations, Supports Use of Reusable Water Bottles.