- 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.
- Eighty-six percent of bottles (almost 7,000 tons a day!) do not get recycled and end up in landfills.
- 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.
- 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.