Bottled Water – A Clear Waste of Money (7/24/07) - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Bottled Water – A Clear Waste of Money (7/24/07)

If you had told me twenty years ago that some day, people would pay real money for a bottle of plain old water, I'd have said you were crazy.

But I recently read that Americans now consume around a billion of these little bottles every week. And it costs us about 16 billion dollars.

Think about that. While most of us constantly complain about the rising cost of gasoline, many of us happily pay two or three times as much per gallon for stuff that comes out of our taps at home, virtually for free!

Meanwhile, all the crude oil it takes to make those billions of plastic bottles - and to truck them all over the country -- creates a lot of the heavy demand that keeps those gas prices up so high.

And how much non-biodegradable waste do you think those containers add to the great American garbage pile every day?

I know - some areas have poor quality drinking water. But that's not a problem here in Louisville, where our water tastes great.

So what's the deal?

If it's the convenience of always having some water close at hand, why not just buy one bottle, and keep it filled from the tap? And if it's just an attempt to look cool, well...

Why not just buy one bottle and keep it filled from the tap?

But what's your thought? Call and let us know at 588-2433.

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my Point of View.

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