Bottled water: Why not tap water? (An Undergraduate Research Experience with Huge Environmental Implications)
DID YOU KNOW?
- An average American drinks 24 gallons of bottled water per year.
- Consumption of bottled water is growing more quickly than soft drinks and has more than doubled in the past decade.
- Americans will spend approximately $10 billion on bottled water this year.
- But despite its association with purity and cleanliness, bottled water is bad for the environment.
- It is shipped at vast expense from one part of the world to another, is kept refrigerated before sale, and causes huge numbers of plastic bottles end up in landfills.
- The study indicates that of fountain water is safe according to USEPA standards.
- Fountain water showed very little variation in chemical parameters.
- A blind tasting experiment (29 participants) showed that an average, 42.2% of participants guessed WRONG answers about tap water.
- Participants could not tell which is which. Since most people can not determine the difference between bottled and tap water, why not drink from fountains?
Please check our research findings in the Daily Freeman Newspaper