Impact of Water Bottles on the Environment

Currently, the United States consumes around 50 billion bottles of water each year. The world consumes 1,500 bottles every minute. The impact of the bottles on the environment is widespread, effecting local and global environments. Also, a common misconception is that water bottles have cleaner water than tap water. Even if one thinks this to be true, although it is drastically false, people can buy a cheap water filter to put on their tap. This will make the water cleaner than bottled water.

Another misconception is the bottling companies get their water fresh. Most of these companies get water from the tap instead. The impact of production of water bottles depletes the planet of crude oil and releases chemicals in the manufacturing of the water. Consumption of bottled water hurts the environment especially hard in land fills. Most people forget or do not have access to recycling bins and will pollute land fills with thousands of water bottles. These water bottles cannot be decomposed by the environment and will slowly destroy it. Landfills will have to be expanded to compensate for the increased consumption of water bottles.

The transportation of water also releases green house gasses (GHG) into the atmosphere. This will have an impact on global warming, which has the potential to be an extinction level catastrophe, and we have to reduce emissions in as many places as possible. Tap water on the other hand will resolve all these problems. In addition, increased water bottle consumption shifts funds away from repairs for public water infrastructure. The Army Corps of Engineers estimates that over 22 million gallons of water is lost each year due to lack of sufficient infrastructure. Lack of consumption of tap water leads to shifts decline in the funds for repairs of water infrastructure. A shift to tap water is necessary to respond to these problems since it will restore funds for public repairs, decrease oil use, staunch the creation of more landfills, and limit impacts  from transportation emissions.

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