You’ve probably already heard last week’s story about PepsiCo, Inc. admitting that Aquafina is nothing more than tap water in a bottle and shiny packaging. They will now be including the words “Public Water Source” on all of their labels (seems like their marketing department could come up with a phrase a little less “sewer-like”). Keep in mind, however, they aren’t just dipping the bottles in the nearest toilet until they’re full. Though the water comes from public reservoirs, it does go through quality control and filtration systems.
Now, I never thought that bottled water was gathered up by some magical fairy and was untouched by human hands and/or nature’s elements — although brands like Danone’s Evian or Nestle’s Poland Spring claim their so-called “spring waters” are shipped from specific locations they say have notably cleaner water. So, I wasn’t very surprised and didn’t feel duped by the fact that bottled water isn’t going to give me superpowers.
But, the whole story, along with bottled water’s fierce critics — yes, there are actually people devoting their entire lives to bringing down the evil bottled water industry, such as the “Think Outside the Bottle” campaign — got me thinking about my own water-drinking habits.
I drink ten 16-ounce bottles of Deer Park water everyday. Not almost everyday, not sometimes 9 and sometimes 11. Like a human robot, I set aside 10 bottles every morning and make sure they are all empty by the time my head hits the pillow that night.
So, out of curiosity, I did a quick calculation of how much money I spend per month on water. Shockingly, I discovered I’m flushing (quite literally) over $60 per month down the toilet. Now, that certainly isn’t going to break anyone’s bank, but just the principle of paying an amount like that for the planet’s most available resource got me thinking of some alternatives.
After some research on the best filter brand, I bought a Pur 2 Stage Water Dispenser and will be testing it out this month. I’m on the go a lot, so I still want the convenience of a bottle, but I will be refilling my bottles every morning using the filtered water from the Pur Dispenser. According to my calculations, even with the amount of water I drink, I will only need to replace the filter once per month (most people would probably only need to change it every two). Each filter costs less than $10, effectively saving me over $50 a month, not to mention not having to lug 5 cases of water to the car every time I hit the grocery store.
I will be getting the same clean, filtered water through my faucet at home that Aquafina — and probably several other brands — is selling their customers. If filtered tap water is good enough for a giant conglomerate like Pepsi, it’s good enough for me!
Do you drink bottled water? If so, what brand?