The Effect Of Bottle Water On The Health Of The Environment And Humans

816 Words Nov 15th, 2016 4 Pages
Bottle water negatively impacts the health of both the environment and humans by just the dangerous compounds, such as bacteria and arsenic, within the plastic. These compounds are not found in tap water.

"While both Fiji Water and Cleveland 's tap water met all federal standards, the lab tests reportedly indicated that Fiji Water contained volatile plastic compounds, 40 times more bacteria than are founding well-run municipal water systems, and most noticeably, over six micrograms per liter of arsenic. Cleveland tap water had no measurable arsenic."

It also is damaging to the environment to form the bottles themselves, both in use of energy and type of energy used. The creation of these bottles utilizing fossil fuels, which damage the environment by releasing carbon dioxide and other gases that trap heat in the Earth 's atmosphere and contributes to global climate change. Gleick discusses the process of creating a disposable water bottle and the negative environmental effects it has as:

"Making the plastic for a liter bottle of water actually takes three or four more liters of water itself… Making a kilogram of PET, which is enough for around 30 one-liter plastic bottles, takes around 3 liters of petroleum. More energy is then required to turn that PET into bottles, to filter, ozone, or otherwise purify the water, to run the bottling machines, and to chill the bottle before use. And even more substantively, it takes a lot of energy -- almost all in the form of…

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