Bottled or tap water?
Human Health Benefits
According to the FDA, bottled water and tap water have the same regulations (tap water is subject to the federal Safe Drinking Water Act) and are subject to the same contaminants. In fact, according to the LA Times, tap water is often cleaner than bottled water, because public water supplies are tested for contaminants more often than bottled water supplies are.
In addition, tap water contains fluoride, which is not added to most bottled water sources. And most plastic bottles contain the harmful chemical BPA, which has been linked to cancer and infertility.
The environmental impact of bottled water is significantly greater than the environmental impact of tap water. Bottling water uses oil and fossil fuels. The delivery process is also energy-intensive: the 5 gallon jugs used in offices at Yale are delivered by truck from Greenwich, Connecticut. According to calculations by blogger Pablo Paster, manufacturing and shipping a one-liter bottle of Fji water uses almost seven times the amount of water in the bottle and creates over half a pound of greenhouse gas emissions. And, according to PBS, the energy used to produce and ship bottled water is enough to power 190,000 homes.
After use, most plastic water bottles end up in the landfill – according to emagazine.com, 30 million water bottles are thrown away daily.
What You Can Do:
Contact your building manager about the possibility of switching from 5-gallon water jugs to a filtered water system. If there is a water source available in your office, filtering units are available for rent from Poland Springs through Yale Procurement and are easy to install.
To limit your personal bottled water use, start carrying a re-usable water bottle.