The Path to Clean Water may also indirectly be a path to a cleaner planet. By going Bottleless instead of buying plastic water bottles, you can greatly reduce the amount of plastic ending up in landfills.
My first thought when I think about the problem with plastic waste is to stop littering, stop burying the plastic in landfills, and promote more reuse. But on second thought, there’s a better option than those. That is, wherever possible, to not use plastic in the first place.
Since most of our website visitors are from the USA and either rely on tap water provided by a Public or Private Water Source such as a water well, one way to reduce plastic waste would be to stop buying water in plastic bottles. If you want the convenience and quality of most bottled purified waters, then the solution may be to go “Bottleless” and make “bottled water” at home.
1. In 2022, 15.9 billion gallons of bottled water were sold in the United States. Based on a USA population of over 334,955,000, this would be equivalent to approximately one 16-ounce or two 8-ounce water bottles per person per day.
2. Approximately 36% of all plastic produced is used to create packaging, 85% of which ends up in landfills.
3. Of the 40 million tons of plastic waste generated in the USA in 2021, only 5% to 6% — or about two million tons — was recycled.
4. About 98% of single-use plastic products are made from fossil fuels.
5. Every hour, 2.5 million plastic bottles are thrown away in the USA.
6. The biggest contributor of plastic pollution is NOT the USA. China, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and Thailand are the top 6 polluters and the biggest industry source is not water bottles or straws, but the industrial fishing industry. (“The single biggest single source of plastic choking out the life in our oceans is made up of purposefully or accidentally lost, discarded, or abandoned fishing nets, ropes, FADs (fish aggregating devices), long lines, and plastic fishing crates and baskets.” Source)
A basic point-of-use treatment system with replacement filters costs about $200.00 and treats up to 6000 gallons of water at a cost of only $0.03 per gallon. So your maximum cost for the equivalent of purified water created at home is only 5 cents per gallon (bottled at home) versus $5.00 per gallon (buying bottled water).
Most of the commercially bottled water products are purified water. In other words, bottled water companies are filtering tap water and charging you a premium for this filtered tap water. I am recommending you remove the middle man and you created the same “filtered and purified” tap water at home and save yourself some money and help to reduce plastic waste.
Definition: Purified water is water that has been mechanically filtered or processed to remove impurities and make it suitable for use. In most cases, the water after this process has no taste or tastes very bad and many suppliers will then add Calcium Chloride and Magnesium Sulfate or other flavors to the water to make it taste ok.
Most quality counter-mounted, cooler, or under-the-counter water treatment systems can make better quality water than most purified water and can further reduce your exposure to microplastics, BPA, PFOS, and other trace contaminants in bottled water.
Customized Pretreatment Systems
Counter Treatment System
Water Cooler Type Fill Systems
Counter Top Unit
Ultrafiltration and Reverse Osmosis with a Heating Option
The Path to Clean Water starts with facts and the first step. Get the facts and take the first step that works for you and your family.