Tappening Project

 | March 2, 2009 3:22 PM

Water Tappening

Over the years I have become more convinced that bottled water is bad.  Yet still on the weekend when someone offered me bottled water to drink, instead of politely saying I will just have tap water, I took the bottled water.  After reading the articles on this site, Tappening Project, I won’t be accepting the bottled water next time.

The money we, as a nation, waste on bottled water could insure every single uninsured child in America!

New research from the Pacific Institute estimates that bottled water is up to 2000 times more energy-intensive than tap water. Similarly, bottled water that requires long-distance transport is far more energy-intensive than bottled water produced and distributed locally. Indeed, when all the sums were done, it seems the annual consumption of bottled water in the U.S. in 2007 required the equivalent of between 32 and 54 million barrels of oil—roughly one-third of a percent of total U.S. primary energy consumption.

Did you know that bottled water in the U.S. is not subject to the same stringent standards as tap water? The Environmental Protection Agency sets standards for water that comes out of your sink, but bottled water is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, which uses a different – and far less strict — set of criteria to determine what can be in your drink.

Corporate Accountability International yesterday called on Gov. Deval Patrick to dump the state’s contract for bottled water. The Boston activist organization wants the state to stop spending some $500,000 a year for Belmont Springs bottled water and instead pour the money into the public water system. The group’s “Think Outside the Bottle” campaign encourages the use of tap water. Bottled-water companies make a profit at a high cost to consumers and the environment, it says, since approximately 40 percent of their water comes from the same public water supplies as tap water.

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