In recent years, canny marketers have managed to convince many of us that bottled water is better for us than tap water. Well… no.
Bottled water is an expensive fad. Think about it: it’s not unusual to have to pay a dollar or more for a pint of the trendy brands, and even the cheapest cost a dollar or more per gallon in the grocery store. So why bother, when you can get water for next to nothing from the tap?
Mostly it’s because we’ve been brainwashed into thinking we need it by sharp marketers. Sometimes there are valid reasons for buying water, if the municipal supply piped to your house is low in quality or just plain tastes bad. But even then, you don’t need to buy water in bottles.
The Big Rip-Off
The marketers of most water brands depend on your gullibility to sell their product. Despite their pretentious prose about the top-notch quality of their water and how it hydrates the human body like no other substance, there’s nothing special about it.
Drinking water is drinking water, folks: two parts hydrogen, one part oxygen. Don’t fall for the hype. Bottled brands are no healthier than tap water.
The source probably isn’t anything special, either. Next time you find a water bottle in your hand, take a close look at the fine print. You’ll probably find that it comes from the municipal water supply of some city — quite possibly a large city.
All that most bottlers do is filter it. A few may distill it. So what?
Clean Water is Easy
Look, tap water is fine for most of your needs. Your city or county has treated it to remove any harmful substances or dangerous organisms. If your water tastes bad, then by far the simplest way to get potable water is to run it through a water filter. It’ll end up at least as clean as any bottled variety.
So buy a water filtering system and attach it to your faucets, or use a filtering pitcher to purify your water on the fly. You’ll see the savings immediately: the cost will be less than a cent per gallon. Compare that to up to $4.00 per gallon for bottled brands… or more.
That’s like paying $400 for a $1 bolt! Even the Department of Defense isn’t that absurdly wasteful. Usually.
You know what you’re paying for when you buy water in bottles? The packaging, transportation costs, marketing, storage… the list goes on. You’re also wasting resources that are more useful elsewhere, including petroleum for the bottles themselves, which take about a million years to biodegrade. (No kidding.)
So don’t fall for the scam. With very few exceptions, there’s nothing special about bottled water, so there’s no reason to pay extra for it… unless you like wasting money and feeling like a ditz.