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The Blues of Drinking Bottled Water.....

In the past decade, bottled water consumption has grown consistently into the double digits.  We spent over 15 billion dollars a year on bottled water in 2007 alone! However in the past 2 years, demand for bottled water has started to decline thanks to better education and awareness of the many problems created by the product life cycle of bottled water. So what’s the big deal you ask?  Only the future of our beautiful earth and your health is at stake.

Bottled water manufacturers spend millions of dollars each week on advertising campaigns.  Their message to consumers focuses on the perception that bottled water comes from some pristine mountain spring or magical underground aquifer, thus assuring purity and quality. The fact is, however, that people will pay from $1 to $4 a gallon for bottled water which is often times little more than tap water in a bottle... sometimes worse! Unfortunately, federal regulations that govern bottled water require it to be only as good as tap water, not better. There are no regulations or requirements that bottled water be any higher in quality than tap water, and according to some recent studies, it may often be of lower quality.

Over 90% of the cost of bottled water is in the bottle, lid and label.  Of course,some people may not like the taste of their tap water. However, this can be easily remedied by installing an under-the-sink water filtration system. If you filter your tap water, you are looking at around $.02/gallon. This is a savings of $0.78/gallon. If you and your family use 4 gallons per day on average, you would be able to save over $1138 per year in water costs. With a home water filtration you can conveniently refill your own bottles... at home... with great-tasting, healthy water.  Water filtration systems are affordable,easy to install and will save money!

There's also another great bonus... protecting the environment. Every day millions of plastic water bottles are being discarded... contaminating our precious natural resources. Every day in America, over 60,000,000 plastic bottles are produced, filled and transported. It takes over 300 years for a plastic water bottle to degrade! It is an environmental nightmare.  A single home water filtration system can keep thousands of plastic bottles from ultimately polluting our environment.

So the next time you reach for a case of bottled water at your local warehouse store, think about the impact on our most valuable resource - the earth. Then, seriously consider installing an in-home water filtration system. It is by far the best way to ensure healthy water for you and your family!

Until next month...consider tap in a reusable bottle. It's a simple step that saves you money and protects the environment.  A Win-Win!