Do we take drinking water just for granted
- what can we do? According to
the National Sanitation Foundation:
seems cheap, but only because we aren't paying attention.
The average retail price
of one gallon of domestic drinking water ranges from $.80 to $1.20. A
five gallon delivered bottle of drinking water is $4.00 to $6.00.
gallon of sparkling water is approximately $1.85. Smaller bottles may
be more expensive. A leading reason for the explosion in bottled water
sales is the public perception, fueled by heavy industry advertising,
that bottled water is pure and pristine, and thus a healthier choice
than tap water.
Where the drinking water is safe, bottled water is simply a luxury:
Water runs from taps in our homes, or from fountains in public spaces.
We hand out estimated $1
for a bottle of water, when there are basically identical alternatives
for pennies or even FREE. We can actually get a gallon of filtered water for only 10 cents!
A gallon on
filtered tap water in our own homes will cost around 10¢ a gallon. if
the water we use at home cost what even cheap bottled water costs, our
monthly water bills would run $9,000.
Over half of all Americans (54 percent) drink bottled water:
There are over 700 brands of bottled water produced by about 430 bottling facilities in the United States, a number that likely has grown since that time, because of the enormous expansion in bottled water sales.
We drink a billion bottles of water a week, and we pay two or three or four times the cost of gasoline--for a product we have always gotten, and can still get, for free, from taps in our homes.
What about saving that dollar instead, drink more tap water or carry a water portable filtration bottle. At the end of the month, send the money to someone who has real need for safe drinking water: S.A.V.E project
"To the people of poor nations, we
pledge to work alongside you to make
your farms flourish and LetCleanWatersFlow, to nourish starved
bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy
relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to
suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world's resources
without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change
with it". Source: President Obama, Inaugural Speech, January 20, 2009, Washington, DC, USA.