I just happened on this great article on Environmental Graffiti. The bottled water industry is one of the other reasons that gas is so darn expensive… FACTS:
- Bottled water production in the US consumes roughly 17 million barrels of oil every year, not including transportation.
- 17 million barrels of oil (equivalent to just under the GDP of the Cayman Islands at today’s prices) used in production, bottled water consumes gallons and gallons of water.
- Three gallons of the wet stuff is required to produce one gallon of what you will happily pay a dollar for, largely because of the length and complexity of the various “purification” processes and the evaporation loss that takes place while the water is in the plant.
- One percent of the water on our planet is both accessible and potable.
- Besides the extravagant amount of oil used to make the bottles and large volumes of water used in the bottling process:
- Transport costs - by the time you transport every bottle by rail or truck and keep it cool, you may as well have filled it one-fourth of the way with oil.
- Operating costs of the factories themselves
- Profit the bottled water companies have to make for their shareholders.
- Environmental Impact of Production: Every ton of PET plastic for the bottles produces 3 tons of carbon–adding 2.5 Million tons of carbon dioxide emissions to the 17 million barrels of oil.