Say "No" to Bottled Water Markups and Save

Water is a precious commodity
, which is another way of saying that it has great value. It makes up 70% of the earth's surface, but almost none of it is fit for human consumption. Just 1% is usable. And it takes money to produce that 1%. Water has to be extracted, treated to make it safe for ingestion and other uses, and delivered to homes and businesses.

Many Americans rarely think about the cost of water when they are consuming it or using it for recreation. And when it comes to bottled water, Americans are willing to pay billions of dollars each year for this high cost product.

There is no denying that bottled water is expensive and overpriced. Select any top ten lists of overpriced products and bottled water will be there.
Just How Expensive is Bottled Water

Many municipalities charge a flat dollar amount per 1,000 gallons of water used. Let's assume the flat charge is $2.50 (a bit on the high side), and the size of a bottle of water is 20 ounces.
  • 1,000 gallons of water = 128,000 ounces
  • 128,000 ounces = 6,400 bottles of water (128,000/20)
  • 6,400 bottles of tap water = $2.50
Based on the above example, a 20-ounce, $1 bottle of water is 2,560 times as expensive as a same size bottle of tap water. Even if you buy bottled water in bulk, you certainly won't get 6,400 bottles of it for only $2.50.

Still think drinking water straight from the tap is not in your future, consider these tips:
  1. Purchase an inexpensive faucet filter to filter your tap water
  2. Buy a water pitcher filter system (e.g., Brita) to filter your tap water
  3. Add fruit, citrus, mint, basil, rose petals, or low calorie flavoring (e.g., Crystal Light) to your tap water
  4. Carry tap water in a reusable bottle
  5. Drink bottled water only when no other healthy alternative is available
Don't be a target for bottled water manufacturers; even they cannot believe how much people are willing to spend on their water. Tap water is safe, well monitored, and inexpensive. Put that extra $500 to $1,000 a year you currently spend on bottled water into an investment account.
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