1. Over 1 Billion people don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water.
2. Almost none of them reside in the US.
3. World Water Day is intended to raise awareness to this seemingly trivial problem, that kills 4500 children daily.
4. Meanwhile, here in the America, tap water in over 90% of faucets can be safely enjoyed.
5. And yet, the bottled water industry is set to sell over 40 Billion gallons of bottled water this year.
6. More than 25% of bottled water is just tap water that was, well … bottled. In some cases it was treated further, but not always.
7. U.S. consumers pay between 240 and 10,000 times more per unit volume for bottled water than for tap water.
8. Plastic bottles and caps contain chemicals called phthalates, which are known to disrupt testosterone and other hormones, and can leach into bottled water over time. Although there are regulatory standards limiting phthalates in tap water, there are no legal limits for phthalates in bottled water — the bottled water industry waged a successful campaign opposing the FDA proposal to set a legal limit for these chemicals.
What to do at the supermarket:
If you’re drinking bottled water instead of soda pop, you’re already doing your body a favor – saving 10 pounds of body weight per year, letting your taste buds enjoy sweet flavors from real food, not liquid candy.
So why not take the next step and move on up to tap?
Before rushing off to buy expensive bottled water, check your community’s tap water safety status. Get some glass carafes, fill with tap water and cool them in the fridge to serve with meals and snacks.
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