The environmental cost of the massive consumption of bottled water has led some U.S. and Canadian local governments to consider a ban its sale. While this seems an extreme response, the scientific concerns are well-founded, and the facts may surprise you.
"In summary, the manufacture and transport of that
one kilogram bottle of Fiji [brand] water consumed..."
Dr. Michael Warhurst, Friends of the Earth's senior waste campaigner, said:
"It is another product we do not need. Bottled water companies are wasting resources and exacerbating climate change. Transport is the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions, and transporting water adds to that. We could help reduce these damaging effects if we all simply drank water straight from the tap."
"In the United States, bottled water costs between $0.25 and $2 per bottle while tap water costs less than a penny. According to Bottledwaterblues.com, about 90% of manufacturer's costs is from making the bottle, label, and cap."
Environmental criticisms of bottled water at Wiki
Key environmental issues with bottled water, [says environmentalist David Suzuki] are waste and uncertainty over the long-term health effects created by plastic.
"Buying bottled water is wrong, says Suzuki" - CBC Report
“It was a rewarding experience for us, and the student body demonstrated their support and interest in learning about the difficulties many areas experience due to a lack of available water.”
- H.S.’s Culture Club