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Is bottled H2O a waste of money and resources considering most communities in the U.S. have safe tap water?

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  • Too many negative effects

    Bottled water companies use tap water to fill the bottles and sell them back to people 1,000 more expensive. Those who don't use tap water, steal water from communities. Additionally there is the plastic waste problem, the barrels of oil used to produce and transport the bottles, the BPA in the plastic and the strange taste they have.
    Meanwhile, tap is safer, cheaper and available in most places.

  • Plastic Water Bottles are a waste of money

    It is such a waste!! It could be put to use. Why would you want to spend your money on unsafe plastic water bottles when you can easily get completely safe and delicious water from your home out of the sink or the fridge or anything like that. But don't use plastic water bottles!!

  • Plastic Water Bottles are a waste of money

    It is such a waste!! It could be put to use. Why would you want to spend your money on unsafe plastic water bottles when you can easily get completely safe and delicious water from your home out of the sink or the fridge or anything like that. But don't use plastic water bottles!!

  • Stop buying bottled water.

    People really need to stop buying water bottles and realize that they have safe tap water and if they do not trust the tap water they can buy filters. I have been using the same water bottle for years and I just fill it up with tap water daily. It saves money and resources.

  • Yes a WASTE!!!!

    Water bottles are a total water because they waste your money they are also dangerous because the chemicals in the plastic can leach into the water. So please do us all a favor and stop using them please. They pollute the environment which can kill animals so really if you do use them RECYCLE!!!

  • bottled water is a waste of money

    bottled water is a waste of money because the water is actually coming from tap water. also, bottled water is a waste of money because why should we buy bottled water when it comes from tap water? tap water is free so therefore bottled water is a waste of money.

  • Yes it is; most states do have safe drinking water available from the tap of your own home.

    Most people have safe drinking water available from the tap. Only a very few states even have return deposits on the bottles. It is wasteful to buy drinking water, and most of those bottles end up in a land fill or simply discarded along the road somewhere. The money could be put to better use in the family budget by paying off other debt.

    Posted by: LimpingChauncey64
  • Most are tap water.

    Bottle water is a waste of people's money for the most part. With the exception of someone needing water who has no access to tap in their homes. In addition, bottle water is a prime source of plastic consumption that litters landfills and the oceans causing future problems.

  • Depending on the source, bottled water is not only a waste, compared to tap water, it may also actually be tap water.

    In some cases, bottled water can be worth the expense. For most people, though, it is of no real benefit over tap water, though. Most people won't notice a taste difference, and there has been little evidence that tap water is truly bad for you. It is very important for a person buying bottled water to check where and how their water was bottled. In some cases, bottled water is simply filtered tap water. In these cases, bottled water isn't only an unnecessary expense, it is a complete waste, since it is effectively the same thing.

    Posted by: KnownEvan
  • Bottled water is a commodity that people want to buy, making it not a waste.

    Anyone who has taken an economics course knows that businesses try to fulfill the wants and needs of consumers. While bottled water may be wasteful of plastic and extremely expensive, it still has a market and people continue to buy it. I wish that there were a way to not waste as much material, but it is clear that money and resources are not wasted, if people are still willing to buy the bottled water.

    Posted by: LongBo86
  • I do not think that bottled water is a waste of resources or money, because some communities do not have safe running water.

    I do not think that bottled water is a waste of resources or money, because some communities do not have safe running water, which makes bottled water a necessity. Also, when natural disasters happen, like tornadoes, bottled water is sometimes the only thing that these people have to survive through it.

    Posted by: SeriousNestor34
  • In some cases, bottled water is consumed in places where tap water is not readily available.

    While some people eschew drinking safe tap water in favor of only drinking bottled water, in other instances bottled water is consumed where the only other available beverage is also bottled. Bottled water bought from a street hot dog stand or in a disco club is a healthy alternative to the other bottled drink choices. Bottled water is also appreciated at catered functions and backyard barbecues. Therefore, its availability is necessary and healthy.

    Posted by: RaymoCanyons
  • No, bottled water is superior in taste.

    While city water is inherently safe to drink; this is due to the large amount of treatment chemicals in the water. In addition to this, it has been found that trace amounts of medication (presumably that is expelled via a person's body) remains behind even after treatment. Bottled water has a distinctly better taste due to the absence of fluoride and chlorine, and along with this does not pose a risk for long term ingestion of prescription drugs.

    Posted by: SpoiledKris
  • I disagree with the idea that bottled H2O is a wasted resource. Tap water can contain pesticides, sulfur, lime, and other minerals from the soil that are not removed in tap water.

    I believe that bottled H20 is not a waste of money and resources. People in the U.S. may not like tap water, so the fact that it is considered "safe" may not be good enough.

    Posted by: R0II0GIace
  • The tap water in many US communities is not as good as you might believe and consequently there is still a need for bottled water.

    In my community, reclaimed water, the water that used to be seen as being fit only for watering lawns, is now being merged with the drinking water. In addition, there is now fluoride being added to the water and fluoride is considered toxic enough for those who handle it to have to use protective gear as it has been proved to cause cancer, etc. and, oddly enough, to weaken teeth when it is ingested in large quantities. We have a water system that has problems and at times the water is contaminated by sewage as the sewage system is not well maintained. For these reasons and many others, bottled water is not a waste of money but is really a necessary.

    Posted by: SportyHart
  • I don't think selling bottled water is a waste of money because there are many cities world wide that have lousy tap water and enjoy the convenience of bottled spring water.

    The city I live in has tap water that is at times yellow in color! I never drink what comes out of the faucet and I reluctantly wash dishes and use it to shower. Commercials tell the viewer to let the water run until it comes out clear and boil the water before using it to for meals.

    I think the city should not be able to bill citizens for this dirty water and should do something to correct the problem! Without bottled spring water, I'd have to buy a water filter system and still have to pay for the tap. It's a lose, lose situation.

    Posted by: R0d30Karl

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