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  • Cap or Tap? - Bottled Water vs Tap Water

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    Cap or Tap? - Bottled Water vs Tap Water

    In developing countries around the world tap water is not always a reliable source for drinking water and as a result people have turned to bottled water for hydration. Yet, in the U.S. tap water is in large safe to drink. This is because tap water is regulated, often screened for dangerous pollutants and city government offices are required to share water information with their residents, however people are still choosing to crack that cap instead of turning on the tap.

    The U.S. alone we drink 21 gallons (79 liters) of bottled water per person per year on average, including places of business, where companies spend time and money getting bottles of water delivered while having a perfectly good source of water already installed within their building, which they already pay for on a regular basis.

    The cost of bottled water, the level of purity of the water inside the bottle and the pollution caused during the production of plastics are just some of the many things that should make you rethink unscrewing the cap of bottled water and persuade you to instead, purify what’s coming from your tap.

    What's under the cap?

    Despite many of us drinking bottled water in the work place and our homes, there are many disadvantages of constantly purchasing bottles in order to drink purified water, and none as surprisingly simple as the cost of this habit.

    chart showing the monetary cost of a gallon of bottled water which is at $1.21 versus tap water which costs less than $0.01 per gallon.

    According to the Beverage Marketing Corporation, in 2013 the wholesale price per gallon of bottled water was $1.21. It might not sound like a lot, but if you consider that in 2014, 1.32 billion gallons of bottled water was consumed by offices and residences in the United States who were using bottled water delivery services (3-5 gallon jugs), that’s about 1.6 billion dollars spent just on bottled water per year, all whilst you’re already paying an additional cost for your building’s main water supply.

    If those businesses and residence in the U.S. switched all their water consumption over to tap water, their cost would drop from $1.6 billion dollars per year to $3.96 million dollars per year. This is a huge amount. And we’re sure homes and businesses can put that money to better use then paying for something that’s already being dispensed in their building.

    As if you needed any other reason to drop that bottle, there’s also our green earth to think about.

    chart showing 17m barrels of oil is used every year in the USA to make plastic bottles compared to 0 used for tap water.

    According to Ban the Bottle, manufacturing the plastic bottles that are used in the United States each year calls for more than 17 million barrels of oil to be used, which is enough to fuel over 1 million cars for a whole year. Unfortunately, approximately 80% of these recyclable plastic water bottles end up in landfills every year.

    You might not even consider it, but it also takes water to make water. According to the Pacific Institute, it takes 3 liters of water to produce just 1 liter of bottled water. And guess what? 45% of the world’s bottled water actually comes from municipal water supply systems (also known as “tap water”). That’s right, major bottled water companies get about 55% of their water from natural springs but the rest is essentially tap water that is treated in their plants and filtration systems.

    chart showing that 45% of all bottled tap water globally is sourced from municipal supply.

    Under your tap is an endless supply

    Many may argue that taste and overall quality of city water is a reason to not drink straight from your tap – you can actually convert that same source of water into clean, pure tasting water with each glass.

    There are numerous bottleless filtration systems that will help remove the impurities that are known to swim around in your tap-water-filled glass. These filtration systems are bottleless water coolers that connect directly to your building’s water line and will filter the water before it hits you cup. Not only will you not be adding those 5 gallon plastic jugs to landfills but your company or home will save money as well.

    In 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported that tap water costs just over $2 per 1,000 gallons, depending on how big or small the systems are. So if we double that cost to be safe, we’re looking at $4 per 1,000 gallons of tap water. That’s four tenths of a cent per gallon. Compare that to bottled water’s $1.21 per gallon. Bottled water is 30,250% more expensive than tap water.

    Plus, if you use your building’s tap water you won’t have to worry about the many inconveniences that bottled water brings, such as:

    • running out of water,
    • lifting those heavy bottles,
    • finding a place to store full and empty plastic bottles,
    • and interruptions of your busy work day for water delivery.

    With that being said, not all bottleless water coolers strive to meet the qualities that are found with Waterlogic coolers. We understand it’s all about having the right filtration to meet your water needs and we provide what is needed for your drinking glass.

    • Carbon Filtration: Our carbon filters purify your water to remove contaminants, chlorine and other waterborne bad tastes and odors. Carbon makes for the ultimate filter because it’s amazingly porous, so it grabs and holds onto impurities from pesticides to lead, petro-chemicals to microscopic cysts, and removes toxins and discoloration, leaving you with clear, fresh water.
    • UV Purification: Our UV purification system places the UV lamp inside the bottleless water cooler in order to destroy the DNA core of contaminants, eliminating E. Coli, Salmonella, Hepatitis and other water impurities. The water in the tank receives powerful doses of UV energy, wiping out bacteria but doing nothing to alter the fresh, cleansed taste of every inviting drop you drink.
    • Firewall: We took our already great UV technology and made it even greater with our patent technology, Firewall. With Firewall, not only does the water dispenser have the carbon filtration and the UV Purification but it also has a UV lamp positioned at the point of dispense, obliterating germs milliseconds before the water lands in your cup. This technology gives you 99.9999% purity, 100% of the time.

    Conclusion

    Overall, we know that sometimes bottled water is thought to be a necessity in order to get clean, purified water at home or for your employees, but that’s just not true. In terms of purification, a bottleless water cooler system, can provide you with even better water quality then what you find in a purchased water bottle. By using your own purified tap water instead of purchasing bottles you contribute to being eco-friendly, save your company money and save yourself (or another employee) the headache that is brought on by all the inconveniences of water delivery.

    Plus, with almost the majority of bottled water coming straight from municipal source that has been filtered – why not cut out the middle-man and purify your tap water with a quality system.

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