In the year 2014 there was a huge scandal with regard to Nestlé CEO since they continued to bottle water at their factory in a neighborhood where many people had no water to drink due to wells drying up. In addition to that the CEO showed no remorse at doing the same. Instead, he stated that he would bottle more and more bottles of water if he had the resources to stating that Americans couldn’t do without them.
The people all around the world being aggravated by the response of the CEO began to spread this news via all forms of social media such as facebook, twitter, instagram, etc. requesting the people of the world to boycott the same.
However, the point of this article does not focus on banning bottled water solely because of the drought in California. Neither it is the point of this article that we should ban bottled water because nestle is capitalizing on in and depriving fishes and other organisms of the water they deserve.
The main and the most important reason for you to boycott bottled water is to improve the quality of life led by most people of the world. The basic idea behind the same is that all people should have access to clean and safe drinking water. The fact that you are boycotting bottled water also implies that you stand strongly for all people irrespective of their economic status should have access to drinking water and it is only through the process of boycotting the same that you would be pressuring the governments in different parts of the world to make clean and safe drinking water available to the public.
From the time of civilization, providing clean and safe drinking water to all homes have been one of the biggest priorities. Engineers, scientists, and technicians all of whom contribute to providing water to our houses have acted as our infrastructural protector and development machinery. It is always best for all humans to drink water that is provided to us at our homes. It is not only safe and beneficial for you on a personal note but it is also a method by which you are protecting the availability of water in the world in the future.
Most companies that pack water earn such high profits that fail to bother about the ill effects on the use of bottled water on the availability of water in the future. They fail to understand the fact that the ultimate result of the long terms effect of climatic changes on the availability of water would fall on them as well. They befool customers to buy bottled waters since drinking water is any day better than drinking coke, pepsi, soda or any other aerated beverage. Moreover, they sell their bottled water for a price which ranges from are 240 to 10,000 times more than the price that you pay for tap water.
When you drink only the water supplied to you at home you are indirectly conserving natural resources by making full use of the municipal system of distribution of water to public which cleans the water in your local water system providing safe and clean drinking water to the public.
However, if you continue drinking bottled water you would be supporting the companies that bottle water most of whom need not reveal any information regarding how its endeavors to sustainability use water, pay the minimum ages to the workers in order to provide you with the bottled water for which they charge amazingly high prices.
This article is not based on the premise that our current water system is perfect and needs no up gradation. We do admit that lack of and ill maintenance of drinking fountains is one area in which the municipality needs to work on. There are several cases in which many schools, universities, work places have stopped providing clean drinking water to the public since they found repairing of old pipes to be an excessive expense. The people working and studying at these places were forced to purchase water.
One needs to make everyone aware of the fact that it is always beneficial both for the individual and the environment if the person consumes drinking water provided at home. Los Angeles for the first time celebrated its Tap Water Day in the year 2014 as a mark of appreciating and building more water drinking stations.
Boycotting bottled water also implies that you are thinking about long-term preservation of water. One may fail to realize the fact that though you may think that the earth has plenty of water but you must be aware of the truth that is the drinkable water on earth has been reducing at a drastic rate. On the contrary, the bottled water industry has been the fastest growing industry on earth. One needs to always remember the fact that it takes three bottles of water to produce a single bottle of bottled water.
Here are some genuine doubts and concerns that people have which the writer has solved exhaustively.
Some people do not like the taste of tap water.
Filtering the tap water you drink can easily solve the above stated problem. Filters are widely available in the market. Not only are they reasonable, but they are also available in attractive shapes and colours. Some refrigerators have inbuilt filters.
Some people like sparkling water.
If you like only sparkling water you can always purchase and consume a Soda Stream.
In case you don’t want to purchase a soda steam.
You always have the option of build your own.
Is drinking water from big jugs provided in offices ok?
It’s ok to drink water from big jugs provided in offices as long as the office has a pipe line though which the municipality provides water to the office. If not, no.
Is plastic the primary issue with this regard?
The chemicals that are the contents of plastic bottles are extremely harmful when heated. Moreover, only one out of three plastic bottles are recycled by the US while the rest is disposed off polluting the environment.
What about other beverages packed in plastic bottles?
The answer remains the same. It takes more than 3 bottles of water to produce a bottle of aerated beverage. Moreover, the harmful effect of plastic bottle remains.
What is one suppose to do in case of emergencies?
You may opt to purchase cans of water
Can people die as a result of bacteria in tap water?
This may happen at times since there exists flaws in everything so there could be a flaw in the bacteria tap water. However, most of the waste pipes all over the world especially in USA are well tested and well maintained and there may be little or no chances for the same to happen.
From an individual’s perspective, isn’t bottled water good since it is filtered?
Tap water is healthier than bottled water considering it contains fluorine. The deficiency of fluorine in human body causes toothache and.
Is it possible to do away with the use of bottled water?
You may have thought and asked the same question regarding plastic bags 10 years from today. However, as you may be aware of the fact that plastic today is banned in most countries of the world. The only lesson you can learn from the same is that if you actually try to do away with bottled water you may be able to do the same. Even if we are not able to boycott plastic bottled water totally one’s efforts can drastically reduce the amount of it’s production and usage.
What other bottles can one use?
We have made a list for this as well.