Bottled Drinking Water - Facts to Ponder Over

Ram Bansal By Ram Bansal, 8th Mar 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Taking water through bottles is considered to be safer against the reality of things. It puts a heavy unwarranted burden on the consumers apart from costing the society heavily through creating more of garbage.


During 1980s, bottled drinking water entered the consumer market as a commercial beverage. From 1990 to the present, its consumption in the world has quadrupled and today it forms about 28 percent of the total beverage market all over the globe. Here are some issues to ponder over by all of us as consumers for deciding which way to go in this respect.

The Cost and the Benefits

In America alone, more than 50 million bottles are used to pack drinking water every year, out of which about 86 percent go to garbage bins posing an unsurmountable problem of garbage management. The same may be true for other countries too but to a lesser extent.

The bottled water, in general, proves no way better than the tap water available in most of the urban areas of the world. When somebody moves far away from his/her native place, changes in the mineral content of the usually available tap water may create some problems to the newcomer, hence the need of the bottled drinking water. This satisfaction of a need is too small for the price we are made to pay for having bottled drinking water too often.

For bottling drinking water, about 2.7 million ton of plastic is being used in America alone in a year. This plastic is derived from petroleum, now a scarce raw material for producing fuels, that could have been enough to drive 100,000 cars during the year.

As far as consumers are concerned, the bottled water costs up to 1,900 time more than the tap water, and 90 percent of this additional cost goes to cost of bottle, bottling process, transport, marketing efforts and profits to the bottlers. Thus, the consumers get back only 10 percent of their money spent on the bottled water.

Thus, filtered water is highly recommended for drinking purposes to save money for the consumers and their contribution in dealing with the garbage problem, the society is facing due to the waste bottles thrown as garbage. Their recycling in no way solves the problem of garbage handling.


Consumer, Driking Water, Petroleum, Plastics

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author avatar Ram Bansal
An Engineer in the wonderland of Authorship, principally for authoring eBooks. My writings principally focus on psychology, Indian politics, philosophy, health and happiness in routine ways.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
11th Mar 2011 (#)

Bottled water is good, but the bottles are the worst enemies of the society until we know how to recycle them.

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author avatar PHYLLIS LOGIE
11th Mar 2011 (#)

Interesting and informative piece. I just wonder how we survived before the bottled water surfaced. Thanks for the share

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author avatar muthusamy
11th Mar 2011 (#)

Interesting facts brought out nicely

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
13th Mar 2011 (#)

My tap water is free! it comes from a well (I live in the country)
The ONLY bottled water I drink is when I fill a bottle from the tap and take it to work with me.

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author avatar Sandeep Tomar
9th Jun 2011 (#)

Most of the people using bottled water don,t know about the toxins released by these plastic bottles like phalates, Bis-phenols which carceogenic in nature.
Do any one have the data on India like number of bottles consumed per year, regulations, research etc

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