Bottled Water Bottles In The United States

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In the United States, it is estimated that humans consumed an average of 400 billion gallons of water every day, while some countries can barely survive with the water they currently have. It is also estimated that over 780 million people don't have access to clean safe water and have to rely on other sources to survive. The main source for clean water is consuming plastic water bottles. While there are many pros to purchasing and consuming bottled water there many cons and possible risks. While over 50 billion plastic water bottles are produced each year, but only about 23 percent in the United States is recycled. That is roughly about 38 billion water bottles; more than $1 billion worth of plastic are wasted each year. The majority of plastic bottles are made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic, which is produced from crude oil. The oil is then extracted which releases greenhouse gases and harm…show more content…
They can be safe to drink; it is available to any vendor that sells it and to some consumers bottled water taste better. While advantages seem great there are some disadvantages to consuming bottled water. Some companies will claimed that their water sources may come from natural springs but in reality, its purified tap water or adding some chemicals claiming it's mineral water. As mention before, only about 23% of the plastic water bottles are only recycled, the rest end in landfills or water sources leading to being harmful to the environment. The last disadvantage is the cost. A 12oz. bottled of water is estimated to cost between $1.30 to $2.30 (depending on the brand and location of sale) and in Campbell County in Kentucky it cost $4.25 for 7.5 gallons of tap water. You would have to purchase just over 10 bottles to equal 1 gallon, costing an estimated $13.78 for 10 bottles of water for 1 gallon of tap
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