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Importance of Drinking Water

There is a surprising connection between the quality of our water and healthful longevity. Of course there are many health benefits of increasing the amount and quality of the water we drink.                                                      

The human body is 70% water, the brain is 85% water, blood is 90% water... the human liver, one of our most vital organs, is 96% water! It's a logical assumption that the quality of the water we drink will have a very significant effect on our overall health. Once we understand that our bodies are more than 70% water and that water controls virtually every aspect of our health, we can begin to understand its importance. That means not only the water we drink, but the water that we shower in... cook with... prepare juices, teas and coffee with... all affect our health significantly.

Where is this healthy water is?? Is only the bottled water is safe and good for our health or we can rely on other sources of water such as tap water. Like other developed countries, in  Australia,  our local governments make sure water from the faucet is safe.

Bottled water statstics shows that there is about 57% increase in the bottle water sales ecorded in last 5 years. Australia shows a sales growth of about 10% last year.

Some people drink bottled water because they think it is better for them than water out of the tap, but that’s not really always true. Consumers typically buy bottled water under the misconception that it is safer, purer or healthier than tap water. People love the convenience of bottled water. But maybe if they realized the problems it causes, they would try drinking from a glass at home or carrying water in a refillable steel container instead of plastic. There is also growing concern that chemicals in the bottles themselves may leach into the water. But now the realization that bottled water is seldom of higher quality than tap water has caused a major shift in public opinion.

Many reputed water bottling  companies spend millions of dollars on ads that depict freshness and purity... whereas most of these brands, like many leading brands, use municipally treated tap water as the source.  Despite all the hype and expensive ad campaigns, the healthiest water does not come in a bottle. Spending billions of dollars advertising to manipulate consumers into believing that bottled water is safer or healthier than tap water. Now the public is talking back and asking some very tough questions:

•    Is bottled water really better quality than tap?

•    Do plastic water bottles leach harmful chemicals?

•    Is the cost and inconvenience of bottled water just a waste of time and money?

•    Do you know that bottled water is a leading source of plastic pollution in America?

•    Are you aware that most studies show bottled water quality to be the same or lower than that of tap water?  

•    Are home water filters a better option and which one is best?

Bottled Water : Necessity or Life-Style Issue

 

The popularity of bottled water continues to increase in the developed world. This has a devastating effect on energy resources, fossil fuel use and CO2 emissions.

Evaluating answers from some of the above questions, we have to now decide should we continue using bottled water or say “Goodbye” to Bottle water. It is an important question in our minds. We have to evaluate what is reality and what are the effects of bottled water on environment, enegy and water consumptions. To help us decide, apart from above questions, let us briefly see what are some of the “Con” of using bottled water on environment, energy and water resources.

 

Some Favorable  /  Good Points:

•    Bottled water is better where the local water supply is not safe.

•    It is convenient.

•    Selling bottled water is very profitable for businesses.

•    One water bottled water benefits rural communities without access to clean drinking water.

Bottled Water's environmental impact:

 

Non-biodegradable Plastic Solid Waste

•    The most devastating cost to the environment is the disposal of used bottles. Whether dumped into landfill or dropped as litter, the increasing number of water bottles is a growing problem.

•    60 Million plastic bottles a day are disposed of in America alone! Is it not an environmental nightmare?

•    Plastic takes upto 1000 years to biodegrade in nature. Plastic was invented 140 years ago and it is all still here, piling up in our landfills, oceans and communities.

•    Each year, about 2 million tons of PET bottles end up in landfills in the United States. In 2005, the US national recycling rate for PET was only 23.1 percent, far below the 39.7 percent rate achieved a decade earlier.

•    The worldwide packaging for bottled water requires 2.7 million tonnes of plastic each year, with growing concerns about the environmental costs, such as the pollution and resource depletion from the oil, gas and coal used in the production process.

•    Approximately 70% of plastic drink bottles end up in landfill.. While not being the most numerous litter item, they do take up a lot of space compared to other types of waste, comprising 38% of the total volume of litter.

•    Waste from bottled water refuse and recycling can kill marine life

•    It developed waste same like shopping bags. it's the same problem as of plastic shopping bags.

•    Australians consume about 118,000 tonnes of PET packaging, the plastic used for bottled drinks, and recycled 35 per cent of that. Annually about 76,600 tonnes of PET bottles are not being recycled.

•    Drink bottles also take up more space than other waste, They make up 13 per cent of litter, but 38 per cent of total litter volume. thus increase the garbage handling cost which in turn increase air pollution and carbon emissions.

•    Note:  In addition to support reduce landfill waste, recycling one plastic bottle can save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for six hours.

Energy Consumption

•    Mineral Water / Spring Water/ Bottled Water products consume significant amounts of energy in  production.  

•    The worldwide packaging for bottled water requires 2.7 million tonnes of plastic each year, with growing concerns about the environmental costs, such as the pollution and resource depletion from the oil, gas and coal used in the production process. The raw material cost will increasingly reflect its use as a crude oil derivative.

•    Millions of gallons of fuel are wasted daily transporting filtered tap water across America and around the world. Use of fossil fuels and the related emissions from transporting dense, heavy containers of water throughout America make it even worse.

•    The total amount of energy used to produce, transport, refrigerate, and dispose of a plastic bottle of water may be as high as the equivalent of filling a 1 liter bottle one-quarter full of oil.

•    In US, more than 17 million barrels of oil (not including fuel for transportation) were used in plastic bottle production.

•    There are also significant costs in the shipping and transport of bottled water (a heavy commodity), particularly over long distances, resulting in burning massive amounts of fossil fuels.

•    Australians drinking bottled water cost the planet 314,000 barrels of oil a year.

•    Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of global warming pollution is produced every year by shipping bottled water from places such as Fiji, Italy. Talk about food miles!

•     While driving a car for one kilometre used four megajoules of energy, drinking a 600-millilitre bottle of water used 1.5 megajoules, when the transport costs were included. By contrast, drinking water out of a tap used only 0.2 megajoules,

Carbon Emissions

•    More than 25.5 billion plastic water bottles are sold each year in the US.(2006 Statistics)

•    Massive amounts of greenhouse gases are produced from manufacturing the plastic bottles.

•    The manufacture of every ton of PET produces around 3 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2). Bottling water thus created more than 2.5 million tons of CO2 in 2006.

•    Australia’s annual use of bottled water generates more than 60,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions - the same amount that 13,000 cars generate over the course of a year.

Water Consumption for Bottled Water

•    Excessive withdrawal of natural mineral or spring water to produce bottled water has threatened local streams and groundwater.

•    It requires 3 times as much water to make the bottle as it does to fill it... it is an exceptionally wasteful industry.

•    The United States is the world’s leading consumer of bottled water, with Americans drinking 26 billion liters in 2004 and this amount has now risen to over 33 billion liters in 2007.

•    About 150 million litres of bottled water is consumed in Australia each year.

Health Risks

•    All plastic Bottles leaches Chemicals. All plastic bottles leach synthetic chemicals into water, some more than others. Even the popular refillable polycarbonate water bottles are known to release BPA (Bisphenol A) into the water. The best and healthiest solution is a quality home water filter and refillable glass water bottles.

•    It is unrealistic to think that water can be bottled in plastic containers, produced at a bottling factory, transported and stored at high temperatures for months at a time and be purer than what a basic home water filtration system can provide. It is impossible to get chemical free water from a plastic bottle.

•    Millions of tons of oil-derived plastics, mostly polyethylene terephthalate (PET), are used to make the water bottles, most of which are not recycled.

•    Virtually every independent study on bottled water shows contamination from bacteria and/or synthetic chemicals.

Price of Bottled Water/Spending on Bottled Water

•    The average price of bottled water is $2.53 a litre against about a cent a litre for tap water.

•    Bottled water, often attractively described as ‘pristine’, ‘pure’, ‘clean’ and even ‘organic’ in marketing, is between 240-10,000 times more expensive than tap water, even though approximately 25% of bottled water has been sourced directly from municipal tap water systems.

•    In many cases, a litre of bottled water is more expensive than a litre of petrol.

•    $385 million a year spent on bottled water costing around 10,000 times more than tap water

•    Extra $500-$1,200 per year per household, compared to using the tap.  

•    Over 90% of the cost of bottled water is associated with the bottle, lid and label and not of the valuable product i.e., Water.

•    Basic home water filtration is more convenient, produces higher quality water and costs a fraction of what bottled water costs. "10 times the quality, 1/10th the cost and no pollution!"

•    Australians spend more than half a billion dollars a year on bottled water. Last year, the sale of bottled water increased by 10 percent.

•    People are ready to pay $2.50 for Bottled Water that's free against about a cent a litre for tap water..

•    Australian bottled water is about 2500 times more expensive than tap water. Italian bottled water is 7500 times more expensive than tap water and that is before you include the transport costs.

Other- General Comments about Bottles Water

•    Bottled water is an unjustified luxury that, except for essential safety or medical reasons, is simply a fashion statement roaming free of environmental responsibility.

•    One third of the money spent on bottled water would be enough to halve the number of people without ready access to clean, safe drinking water.

•    Improving and expanding existing water treatment and sanitation systems is more likely to provide safe and sustainable sources of water over the long term.

Looking into global environmental concerns, everyone is preparing itself to make wise buying decision. To be a responsible consumer we need ask the question of each product – what is its environmental footprint from production, use and disposal; is there an environmentally preferable substitute; and do I really need it?

A major decision to go green and reduce your carbon footprint is to stop buying and drinking bottled water. Drink tap water instead. Bottled water is very wasteful on many different levels. In fact, bottled water can cost up to 10,000 times more per unit than the same amount of tap water. Bottled water is also an industry with a huge carbon footprint left by the entire process, from the manufacturing of the bottles, to the shipping of the bottled water, to the waste produced by disposed bottles. In most developed countries like  Australia, quality tap water is cheap, safe, clean, adheres to higher standards, and tastes just fine.


In summary,  when compared to most Australian tap water, the bottled water alternative is a very  expensive beverage, with negligible, if any, additional health benefits.  It also greatly contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, precious water resource extraction and creates a huge solid waste problem.


Can you also share our voice “We Don’t Need Bottled Water”

Look peoples have started looking on this global issue. Government officials and communities have started making their decision in this regards. Here are some of them.

•    Australian state new south wales premier nathan rees has announced an immediate ban on all departments and agencies buying bottled water, including supplies for water coolers. It was the first step in a government campaign to reduce significantly the consumption of bottled water in the community, Mr Rees said.

•    At a community meeting, Bundanoon locals overwhelmingly supported australia's first ban on commercially bottled water, already agreed to by businesses in the town. Local businessman and community activist said almost 400 people turned up to the Bundanoon memorial hall, with only two casting dissenting votes. It is reported that the voluntary ban has been triggered by concerns about the carbon footprint associated with bottling and transporting the water.

•     Another step is expected to impose national deposit or refund scheme, similar to the one operating in south australia, would encourage recycling.

Looking into all above information and people changing buying behavior on real issues, one should decide another change in his lifestyle, that is  to not buy bottled water. "It is impossible to get chemical-free water from a plastic bottle or from the tap. A home water purifier is the only sure solution for clean healthy water... "

Switch to home filtration / purification system --Countertop Filter

                                               &

                Get premium quality drinking water in your Tap

If you don't like the taste of your tap water, then install a filter or purchase a pitcher with a filter for tap water. Both options will quickly be much cheaper than buying bottled water, and there are many filters and devices available on the market. When you would would normally take bottled water with you somewhere, bring a reusable container of tap water instead. Seldom is there a great environmental change we can make that offers better quality, more convenience and at 1/10th the cost. Switching from bottled water to H2ome® water filtration does just that!


CLEAN PURE WATER – ON TAP FROM WATEEN

Quality in-home water filtration is by far the best way to ensure healthy water for you and your family. A single home or office water filtration system can prevent thousands of plastic bottles "per year" from entering and damaging our environment.


Using  any of WATEEN'S wide range of potable water filtration/ purification system /RO you can help save the environment by reducing or eliminating the use of bottled water in our everyday life. This will reduce the impact on landfill from the bottles, toxic emissions and fuels from transportation and save litres upon litres of wasted water from recycling and reusage companies where they actually waste clean water in their sterilization process. It also help prevent the drying out of groundwater resources, ocean litter and global warming.

H2ome® water filtration is the most logical, most economical, most convenient and healthiest alternative to tap or bottled water. With H2ome® water filtration you can pick the degree of purity you want and have complete control over it. Considering the extreme importance of healthy, chemical free water, a quality home water filter may be the most valuable home appliance you can own. Once you look at the facts, we believe you'll join the millions of informed consumers who "Just Say No" to bottled water. It's better for you, better for our economy and better for our planet!


CLEAN PURE WATER – ON TAP FROM WATEEN AQUA-RO®  (REVERSE OSMOSIS SYSTEMS)


With WATEEN, you can have the purest possible drinking water on tap at far less than the cost of buying bottled water.  WATEEN water purification systems work by a process called Reverse Osmosis, which takes out potentially harmful solids from your drinking water.  

•    Aqua-RO® Reverse Osmosis removes almost 100% of all dissolved solids, bacteria and viruses.

•    WATEEN’s systems are available for domestic and commercial customers.

                  

Counter Top Filter

With Dual Cartridge

Counter Top Filter with

 CTO Cartridge

Counter Top Dual

Cartridge Filter 

 5- Stage

Reverse Osmoisis System

                 

•    Domestic units easily fit under a sink and can be installed by anyone with basic DIY skills.

•    Commercial units range in size to cater for every need and can supply hot and chilled water.  

•    Installing the filter is simplicity itself and once installed, only needs to be replaced annually.

•    Domestic units are guaranteed for three years.

•    The environmental impact of  WATEEN’s systems is negligible.  

•    The running costs of the WATEEN’s drinking water systems work out far cheaper than buying bottled water.

•    There are no hidden extras – the price you pay includes a filter and a complete unit.

Advantages


 H2OME  Water Purification Systems are enjoyed by homes and businesses throughout the Australia and around the globe. All of whom reap the health benefits of continually available pure drinking water.   If you’re concerned about a healthy lifestyle just look at the benefits provided by WATEEN drinking water systems.  Be confident that the water you drink is safe, clean and pure.

With a home water filter, you get better quality than bottled water, pure and natural taste, the convenience of tap water and all for less than 1/10 the cost of bottled water... And no plastic bottle pollution!