People are thirsty! According to data sourced by the International Bottled Water Association, Americans consumed 11 billion gallons of bottled water in 2014, which translated to 34 gallons per person. When it comes to choosing contained liquid over drinking water from the tap, there are some unique benefits of the latter choice. As south central Connecticut’s supplier of water, Regional Water Authority in New Haven has long been an advocate of clean water sources.
If you’re on the fence about drinking tap water versus bottled water, consider the following benefits:
- Stringent Standards: The Safe Drinking Water Act requires municipal water systems to send consumers annual reports detailing the locations of their water sources as well as whether the water meets federal guidelines. While bottled water is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, its sources and treatment processes are not as stringent, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
- Green-Friendly: Water coming directly from a faucet doesn’t have the plastic storage concerns associated with bottled water. The plastic is typically made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which has been found by scientists to contain chemicals such as benzene, ethylene oxide, and nickel. According to a 2012 EPA study, of the 3.8 million tons of PET used to make water bottles each year, only 31% gets recycled. The rest tends to end up in landfills.
- Money Savers: The cost of bottled water can quickly add up. The EPA found the cost of tap water is $2 per every thousand gallons. The average cost of one 16.9-ounce bottle of water is roughly $1.21. When you do the math, bottled water is more than 600 times costlier than drinking water from the tap.
From its 27,000 acres of land, Regional Water Authority supplies an average of 46 million gallons of drinking water each day to nearly 430,000 residents. Through its STARS values—Service, Teamwork, Accountability, Respect, and Safety—along with stringent local governance, the authority is 100% committed to upholding exceptional standards for quality tap water.
Let Regional Water Authority show you the difference! Should you have additional questions about bottled versus tap drinking water, call (203) 562-4020 or visit the website for extensive information about their services.