April 15, 2015
English 1st Hour
When one says “bottled water” the thought “debatable topic” does not come to mind. Many think that bottled water is healthy, that it is much better than soda, but what may be a major shock is that every bottle of water bought could be killing someone else around the world.
Bottled water is convenient, yes, but is it really worth the money spent?
Is it even really all that healthy? What kind of things are they actually adding to it to “purify” it? The answers to these questions may come as a shock.
In 1760, the first case of documented selling of bottled water surfaced in Boston. Jackson's Spa took mineral water and sold it for therapeutic uses. Other later examples include the bottling of water in
Saratoga Springs and Albany. This began the revolution of bottled water. In 2011, bottled water called for an eighty-six billion dollar profit.
Kind of crazy for something we can get out of our own sinks at home.
Bottled water then achieved an all time high volume exceeding ten billion gallons in 2013. The individual's consumption then went from more than ten gallons to 21.6 gallons from 2003 to 2013. This is a dramatic change from the 1.6 gallons individuals were drinking in 1976 which consuming more water may not necessarily be such a bad thing.
Ever since, the market for bottled water has sky rocketed. Water has an advantage over all the liquid beverages in the marketplace, because it doesn’t have to be made. This allows bottled water companies to make a huge profit with almost no expense. This also creates jobs for the economy. Despite this advantage, bottled water is consumed only half the time compared to soft drinks and is only slightly higher than milk and beer. Nearly all of the bottled water sold in the
U.S. is from here. Imported bottled water is only 1.5 percent of the U.S. market. The majority of bottled water companies in the U.S. are small companies using local water sources and distributing their products within three-hundred miles from their bottling facilities.
These few facts do not seem like bad things, and bottled water does have it’s benefits. It has a substantial shelf life, making it very ideal for disasters and emergencies, not to mention it’s convenience. It
is on the emergency supply list put out by the Federal Emergency
Management Agency, but when asked, people tend to only think about the convenience of it. Bottled water is also healthy. When held in comparison to sugary sodas and addicting energy drinks, it is obviously the healthier choice. Making water convenient helps people to live healthier lives so that they can choose the better choice for their bodies.
It also causes people to drink more water, helping them to achieve the recommended amount of water consumption. Healthy individuals need approximately ten to fifteen cups of water each day. Water makes up a large percentage of the body’s systems and organs, including the blood, muscles, brain, and bones. It is needed to regulate body temperature, to transport nutrients and oxygen to cells, to maintain proper lung function, to protect organs and joints, and to remove waste from the body. It also makes skin clear and is important during exercise. The
American College of Sports Medicine guidelines recommends that people drink about 17 ounces of fluid about two hours before exercise. During exercise, they recommend that people start drinking fluids early, and drink them at regular intervals to replace fluids lost by sweating.
Bottled water may seem like all good and no bad, but the
consequences far outweigh the benefits. Many say that tap water is not healthy or clean and that is why they buy it in a bottle. It may seem cleaner, but in blind testing, tap water received higher ratings than bottled. Food and Water Watch says that almost half of all bottled water is actually derived of tap. Tap water is also EPA (Environmental
Protection Agency) regulated and undergoes…