By John Davis
It’s a fact that bottled water has become a part of everyday life. Pretty much anywhere you go, you will find bottles of water available for purchase: the grocery store, gas stations, restaurants, even the spa will offer you a bottle of water when you visit.
But is bottled water really the best choice for everyday drinking water? Or would your family be better off filtering the tap water you already have?
Regardless, at $1.22 per gallon, a family that consumes 3 gallons of water per day would still be paying $1,335 annually. Compare that to tap water -- at a tenth of a cent per gallon filtered through a $200 filtration system -- and the same 3 gallons of purified water would cost you less than $220 annually.
Just for fun, let’s do a little math. Let’s say that this year, and for the next 10 years, we only drink 1 billion bottles of water and miraculously we start recycling 40 percent of those bottles. That’s still 6 billion bottles in the trash that will sit for the next 990 years. You could wrap 6 billion water bottles around the earth over nine times. We must begin thinking about future generations and changing our actions accordingly. It’s time to become part of the solution.
According to the Mayo Clinic, tap water and bottled water are basically the same in terms of safety. But if you have concerns about your tap or well water, filtering it with a reverse osmosis system can be a great place to start. Not only will you be doing your part, but you’ll be using the same technology many major bottlers use to purify the tap water they are selling for 1,000 times the cost.
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John Davis is the founder of YourWaterFilterGuide.com.