Bottled Water

Good? bad?

Over one billion people from around the world lack clean drinkable water and by 2025 two- thirds of the world’s population is predicted to lack access to water. This problem is only getting worse because of global warming as it spreads drought.


Over one billion people from around the world lack clean drinkable water and by 2025 two- thirds of the world’s population is predicted to lack access to water. This problem is only getting worse because of global warming as it spreads drought.


Why do we need to use this resource?

• Bottled water market tripled over past 10 years


• More than 75% of the people in this country drink bottled water.


• One in five Americans drink only bottled water even though bottled water is thousands of times more expensive than tap water.


What specific impacts does the harvesting/use/extraction of this resource create?

• Making the plastic bottles for bottled water for sale in the U.S. required the equivalent of 17 million barrels of oil last year and generated 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide.


• Each year, more than 4 billion pounds of PET plastic bottles end up in landfills or as roadside litter.


• Less than 20% of plastic water bottles are recycled.


• Up to 40% of bottled water comes from already treated municipal water systems; paid for at taxpayer expense. Water bottlers then sell this water back to the public at thousands of times the price, virtually unchanged.


3. What are we doing and what can we do to make the use of this resource more sustainable in the future?

• Cancel contracts/reduce spending on bottled water.


• Promote your city or town’s local public tap water.


• Increase well-maintained water fountains in public spaces.


• Support public water infrastructure improvements.


• In June the U.S. Conference of Mayors passed a resolution encouraging cities to phase our spending on bottled water.


• More than 60 cities have taken action to reduce spending on bottled water.


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