An average U.S. family of four pays about 72.93 U.S. dollars for water every month as of 2019, if each person used about 100 gallons per day. Bottled water. Because plastic is a porous material, these same chemicals at trace levels are in the bottled water being consumed. An snapshot of this unregulated industry that privatizes a based commodity to the world. Retail costs. One myth that surrounds bottled water is that it is just as safe to drink as tap water. Bottle water sales: 6.7% increase totaling $11.8 billion. Did you know that water bottling facilities have to use approximately 3 times as much water as they make? Bottled water doesn’t have this burden. According to the Bottled Water Associated, in 2012 the overall consumption of bottled water increased 6.2% with sales up 6.7%. Bottled water on the other hand is a product to be sold by a business where the bottom line is revenue. In the US, the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) of 1974. establishes standards for the US EPA and State to protect the public drinking water supplies. However, in blind studies across the globe, tap water routinely has been near the top as the preferred water choice, ahead of many well-known and popular name brands. Tap water? In some third world countries, a reliable, safe source of tap water is not always available. In order words, for every gallon of bottled water, 3 gallons have to be pumped from the aquifers or streams to be processed. Yeah it doesn’t have this issue. Cost According to the IBWA, bottled water is on average wholesale cost of bottled water is approximately $1.30 per gallon. On the other hand, tap water is $2 per 1,000 gallons on average in the US. Tap water is. This places an enormous stress on the replenishment cycle of the watersheds and actually may cause long term harm to our water supplies. Then when they finally do break down, they release toxic chemicals into the ground. Tap water is required to publish water quality reports annually while bottled water is not. Bottled water seems to have attached itself at the hip to the healthier lifestyle choices that a lot of Americans are going for these days and thus become a status symbol for healthy living. According to the IBWA, bottled water is on average wholesale cost of bottled water is approximately $1.30 per gallon. Per capita consumption: 5.3% 3. But that is where the similarities end. Total cost of monthly water bills if tap cost the same as cheapest bottle: 9,000. They do not break down naturally, so they hang around for quite a while long after they have been tossed away. $2 for 1 gallon or $2 for 1,000 gallons? Section 410 of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) requires bottled water regulations to be as stringent and protective as the EPA standards. The bottom line is that tap water is provided as a general need to the public for consumption, cooking, cleaning and bathing. 5. more environmentally friendly. Did you know that water bottling facilities have to use approximately 3 times as much water as they make? Copyright 2020 BSI Online | All Rights Reserved, According to an International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) Market report, in 2017 bottled water surpassed carbonated beverage as the number 1, If the bottled water industry continues its, market and generating nearly $20B in revenues. According to the IBWA, bottled water is on average wholesale cost of bottled water is approximately $1.30 per gallon. Current consumption growth is the strongest and highest it has been in the past five years. 2. Bottled water seems to have attached itself at the hip to the healthier lifestyle choices that a lot of Americans are going for these days and thus become a status symbol for healthy living. Holding 24% of the US Beverage Segment market and generating nearly $20B in revenues (and $100B globally), you could say it is a good time to be in the bottled water business. In some third world countries, a reliable, safe source of tap water is not always available. For more information about bottled water consumption statistics, visit the Beverage Marketing Corporation's website. Tap water is more environmentally friendly. Retailer: $0.63 Transportation: $0.43 Water Bottle Production: $0.12 Profit: $0.10. So, it makes sense that there exists a humanitarian need for water to be brought into these locations. Tap water has to disclose its source and treatment methods while bottled water does not. One of the most common reasons given for choosing bottled water over tap water is taste. If the bottled water industry continues its 7% growth rate, we could see 15 billion gallons or more of bottled water sold in 2019. 7. Once all of that water is bottled up, a massive logistic caravan of planes, trains and freight trucks have to get all of that product to the shelves to be sold. Yeah it doesn’t have this issue. That is a pretty easy decision isn’t it? 1. Health studies are starting to show links between these plastic water bottles and heart disease, digestive disorders and cancer. Health studies are starting to show links between these plastic water bottles and heart disease, digestive disorders and cancer. Then for all that water sold, the bottled water industry creates nearly 50 billion plastic water bottles each year in the US alone with the vast majority of those bottles ending up as trash in landfills, waterways and on the streets. The average plastic bottle of water costs $1.29. Customer Spotlight: Liberty Utilities (California), Veterans Day: A Brief History and Reflection. Then when they finally do break down, they release toxic chemicals into the ground. The water itself accounts for less than $0.00001 and the rest is a markup based on plastic bottle production, including packaging, marketing, and other factors to increase the price. 6. 13. Tap water is tested and regulated to a higher standard than bottled water. myth that surrounds bottled water is that it is just as safe to drink as tap water. Of the average estimated cost of $1.29 per water bottle, here is the breakdown of where the money goes. On the other hand, tap water is $2 per 1,000 gallons on average in the US.