Say Bye-Bye to Water Bottles and Save

Using tap water won't just save you cold hard cash, it can also help save the earth. Here's why we're kicking the habit.
A brother and sister sitting on the beach in the sand.

  1. The cost of H2O really adds up -- especially if you buy individual bottles. At a dollar a pop, you could be spending as much as $8 per gallon -- that's more than gasoline! Hold that image of money going down the drain and then consider the fact that 40 percent of bottled water is actually tap water with added minerals. A smart alternative: Buy a kid-friendly water bottle you can keep refilling.
  2. Eighty-six percent of bottles (almost 7,000 tons a day!) do not get recycled and end up in landfills.
  3. Water is very heavy, and transporting the bottled kind burns massive quantities of fossil fuels. Local tap water, on the other hand, is distributed through an energy-efficient infrastructure.
  4. For most people, tap water is as safe as bottled water. Added bonus: Tap water often comes with fluoride.

Copyright © 2007. Reprinted with permission from the March 2007 issue of Parents magazine.

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