January 20, 2010
Take Back the Tap
Next time you have thirst,
Don't unscrew that cap,
Think about the Earth first,
Drink water from the tap!
Just Give it a Little Tap
College campuses, cities, and restaurants across the nation have pledged to kick their bottled water habits by joining the Take Back the Tap campaign. The truth is that bottled water is not generally safer, cleaner, or healthier than water from the tap. The time has come, America, to take back the tap!
- The EPA as well as state and local governments regulate tap water. Unfortunately, bottled water is only subjected to the FDA's guidelines, which are years behind the EPA standards.
- Environmentally, bottled water creates a huge amount of waste. Furthermore, it wastes fossil fuels and water in production, releases green house gases, and its components can leach into water supplies and cause health problems.
- Tap water costs roughly $0.002 per gallon while bottled water can cost anywhere from $0.89 to $8.26 per gallon. The reality is that 40% of bottled water is nothing more than tap water with added minerals.
- Every year we fall more than $20 billion short of what is needed to maintain our public water and sewage systems. Congress needs to establish a clean water trust fund to ensure that current and future drinking water supplies are safe and healthy.
Food & Water Watch provides extensive information on both bottled and tap water.
Take Back the Tap.org has created a short educational video on the problems with bottled water.