Can you tell the difference between bottled water and filtered tap water just by the taste? In a blind taste test conducted by Good Morning America, the audience overwhelmingly chose New York City tap water. Most people mistakenly think that bottled water is better for them and has a better taste. This is backed up by $16 billion dollars in bottled water sales. However, bottled water has a big impact on the environment and our wallets. The most important question is which is healthier, bottled or filtered tap?
The bottled water industry has had a huge impact on the environment. The lifecycle of bottled water includes the energy needed to create the bottle, transport it, and then what happens to it when you are ready to dispose of it. To create all those little plastic bottles, millions of barrels of oil are used. Also, 2.5 million tons of pollution is created. Although the plastic bottles are recyclable, almost 80% are not recycled and end up in rivers and streams and fill our landfills. A plastic bottle can take hundreds of years to start the decomposition processes. Unfortunately, if they are not recycled, they are not going away anytime soon. If you look at filtered water, there is minimal impact on the environment. Filters do have to be replaced from time to time, but have a long working life. No waste is created by filling up a glass of water from your filtered tap. However, just think how much energy was wasted to create one unit of bottled water.
The average bottle of water costs approximately one dollar. It seems like a small amount and water is the best choice when you are thirsty. You could have saved yourself a lot of money by using filtered tap water. One hundred gallons of filtered tap water is only eleven cents. Filtered tap water is less than 1/10th the cost of bottled water. That is an amazing amount of savings.
With the economy the way it is currently, this could create a large savings for any family. Between the minimal impact on the environment and its extremely cheap cost, filtered water is clearly a good choice for everyone.
Although cost and impacts on the environment are important, people will not heed these warnings if the filtered tap water is not cleaner and healthier than the bottled water. So which is better for you? For children, filtered tap water is important because it contains the fluoride they need for strengthening their teeth. Bottled water is not strictly regulated the way many people believe it is. The EPA has many more regulations on tap water than on bottled water. City tap water must issue a right to know report stating what can be found in the tap water and in what amounts. Bottled water companies do not have to share this information. Also, while city water is allowed no confirmed E-coli bacteria, there is no regulation concerning E-coli for bottled water. Clearly, it is the bottled water that most people should be wary of drinking, and not the filtered tap water.
If you do not already have a water filter in your home, consider making a small investment to give yourself and your family access to clean, filtered water. It will be one of the best decisions you ever make and the impacts of which will be wide. You will be saving yourself hundreds of dollars and helping to save the Earth. It seems strange to think that we are using up so much of the Earth’s resources to simply make one plastic bottle of water. With a water filter at home, all you have to do is fill up your reusable aluminum bottle and you have clean water with little or no impact on the environment.
As the leader of the water purifier industry in Korea since its establishment in 1989, Woongjin Coway is developing and producing environment friendly water purifiers, air purifiers, and water softeners. It annually produces 1 million water purifiers, 200,000 air purifiers and 10 million water purifying filters. Ninety five percent of all its manufacturing processes have been automated. Every year, 10 to 15% of its sales revenue is invested in new product development. Its product quality has been acclaimed worldwide by winning a number of certifications and awards. In addition, the Korean government has authorized its “Environment R&D Center” as an institute for water quality inspection.
Currently, more than one out of four Koreans use Coway water filtration devices, and one out of ten uses Coway’s air purifiers.
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