Visualized Facts About Bottled Water

If you've ever wondered what the financial or ecological costs of a bottle of water really are, then check out this great infographic detailing the facts of bottled water. Some of the things are really interesting, like the fact that 40% of all bottled water companies just get their water from tap water.


My tap water tastes terrible. I bought bottled for a long time, but recently switched to a pitcher based filtration system and it's a lot more palatable.

That said, ultrapure Le Bleu out of North Carolina is still the best tasting water I've ever had.
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I laugh at that chart. I pay $0.97 a gallon for my Zephyrhills. It is a 32 pack of half liters. Who the hell would pay $10. I do not know anywhere that it is $10 a gallon unless you buy from a vending machine which you are still pushing it as I only figure up $6.66 for $1.25 24 oz bottles in vending machines.

City water makes me sick and well water here is too heavy for my likings.
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While parts of this may be true, I too take issue with this graphic right from the start with the $10 a gallon for bottled water. I pay $1.09 a gallon. Even if I had 5g water cooler jugs of Absopure or something delivered right to my house, it'd still only like $6 per 5g.

Sadly, I kind of lost interest after that as it focuses on municipal water sources... while I live in a rural area with well water, 45 year old galvanized pipes, and nearby farm fields with pesticides and fertilizers.
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I lived in Los Angeles for 15 years. The tap water there is beyond disgusting. I now live in the suburbs of Atlanta, GA. Our tap water is palatable and safe. I don't miss buying and lugging around bottles of water. When I see people here with bottled water I just want to ask them if they are buying it just because they think it's "cool." If bottled water is not a necessity, then don't buy it! If you do buy it, PLEASE RECYCLE.
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Yea, I've lived in areas where the tap water is brown and undrinkable.

It's fine to sneer at the trendy buffoons who turn up their noses at different brands of bottled water that are all really tap water, but when you get up a 6am and try to make coffee of tea from something that smells like an old turpentine bucket you have a different view of the subject...
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Water bottles are a huge problem. People just toss them out their car windows or wherever. Find a stream that has recently flooded and look at the banks where the water line was and you're likely to see hundreds of plastic water bottles among the other trash. It's sad.

Of course people do the same thing with cans, glass bottles, etc. Humans are just nasty, selfish creatures.
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I buy bottled water because I can't carry around a drinking fountain. The reason I don't use reusable bottles for water is that I have yet to find one that is dishwasher safe and will fit in the top shelf of my dishwasher.
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