Food & Water Watch report: two thirds of bottled water in US is tap water
In a new report entitled "Take Back the Tap," Food & Water Watch explains that 64 percent of bottled water in the US comes from municipal tap water sources—meaning that Americans are often unknowingly paying for water that would otherwise be free or nearly free.
A gallon of bottled water costs about US$ 9.50—nearly 2,000 times the price of tap water for municipal taxpayers.
What's more, the bottled water industry has an enormous environmental footprint, using about four billion pounds of plastic for packaging in 2016—which required an energy input equal to at least 45 million barrels of oil.
Bringo's take: even more reason to explain to consumers living in countries or regions with safe tap water to bring and refill their own bottles, pocketing nice savings and of course waste less plastics! More at EcoWatch.