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Avoid bottled water

Image of water bottle on beach.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:

  1. Financial Cost. A litre of tap water in the Bega Valley Shire costs less than half a cent, compared to a litre of bottled water that costs over $2.50. Australians spend more than half a billion dollars a year on bottled water. Last year, the sale of bottled water increased by 10 percent, for something that's nearly free!
  2. Environmental impact and cost. To produce a single one litre plastic water bottle requires seven (7)  litres of water and 1.5 megajoules of energy. Plastic bottles are made from oil with an estimated 50 million litres of oil used per year in Australia to manufacture the plastic bottles we consume. 

    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.

How to do it now!

Buy a glass or stainless steel drink bottle to refill and reuse

  • Ensure you regularly wash your bottle to avoid bacteria building up.
  • Ensure you take it with you when you're going out and about in a car, on foot or on public transport, picnic, event etc.

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:

  • Increase the number of public drinking fountains in your area and ensure they can be used to refill your water bottle.
  • Ban bottled water at events and council functions and supply drinking fountains instead.

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.

Why is this action important?

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?

The Story of Bottled Water


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