The Drinking Water Of Bottled Water Essay

752 Words Feb 18th, 2016 4 Pages
Americans use a lot of water, in fact the average American uses 90 gallons a day (Henshaw). Then it is not too surprising to learn America has one of the cleanest water reserves in the world (“Water Quality”). A surprising statistic, however, is one-third of the American population drinks bottled water on a regular basis, when the majority has clean drinking water at home (Olsen). This might be because the bottled water industry has promoted itself as a healthier and more portable alternative to tap water. The question arises, is it any safer than tap water, or is it only a misleading and expensive gimmick to bring in revenue for large companies? Bottled water is a high revenue business, but with little to offer its consumers. Americans, as a whole, spent around $11.8 billion dollars on bottled water in 2012 (Boesler). It is surprising to discover that bottled water costs at least 300 times more than tap water (Boesler). Bottled water drinkers might think this is an adequate price considering marketers make them believe it comes from natural springs, but at least 25% of bottled water comes from municipal water supplies (“Bottled Water”). The company filters the tap water and then sells it in misleading packaging at an outrageous price. However, with tap water only $ 0.004 a gallon, Americans could filter their own water, and be left with more productive opportunities for their money (Boesler). The water bottles’ packaging is not only misleading, but it is…

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