Avoid bottled water and feel good knowing that you’re saving money and reducing your waste.
Humans require at least two litres of drinking water a day to keep our bodies hydrated and with our increasingly busy lifestyles, more and more people are purchasing plastic bottled water. In 2009-10 approximately 582.9 million litres of bottled water was consumed (IBISWorld Bottled Water Manufacturing in Australia, January 2010). Australians spend more than half a billion dollars a year on bottled water. Year on year, the sale of bottled water increases by at least 2.5 percent. While bottled water has become a lucrative business for a few multi-nationals, it has created another hit on the environment and hip pocket for most.
If you’re a consumer of bottled water, the following three areas of concern, may have you questioning and avoiding bottled water:
In contrast, tap water requires no additional water to reach you and drinking water out of a tap uses only 0.2 mega joules (or 13 per cent of the energy used in bottled water) of energy according to the assistant director of design at RMIT University.
Out of all plastic bottles approximately 36 per cent are recycled, with over 400 million plastic bottles entering landfill every year.
Buy a glass or stainless steel drink bottle to refill and reuse.
Drink tap water. Bega Valley Shire's reticulated drinking water is of a high standard due to the high quality of local source waters and catchment health, well operated disinfection systems and sound management, maintenance and monitoring of drinking water supplies.
Write to us a Bega Valley Shire Council and let us know if you would like us to:
Consider a water filter. In some areas (and times of the year) the chlorine levels and discolouration of tap water can concern people. If so, consider investing in a water filter to reduce chlorine levels and address discolouration concerns you may have.
Bottled water is an inefficient way to hydrate our bodies. It consumes over 7 times more water and energy to deliver water to us than the tap.
In times of drought and climate change, water and energy efficiency are critical issues and our tap delivered water system is efficient, equitable and seven times more efficient than bottled water.
Drinking water is essential to cleanse, hydrate and nourish our bodies. Did we mention that avoiding plastic bottled water will save you money as well?