Whole House Water Treatment Compared With Bottled Water
Did you know, one of the fastest growing segments of the beverage industry is... water?
It's true! Bottled water offerings are growing faster than almost any other drink with consumers. Most of us will spend an average of about $100 on bottled water this year. In fact, Americans used approximately 50 BILLION plastic water bottles just in the past year.
While there are many reasons that people choose bottled water over tap like convenience, purity, or taste, the fact is most people do not realize that the bottled water they're drinking may not be any “better” than the water from their tap. In fact, here in New England, we're blessed with plenty of clean, great tasting water, and while not every home with a private well has safe drinking water, water quality problems can be solved.
Installing a water treatment system will result in better tasting, higher quality water while reducing the environmental impact that bottled water poses. An article in the New York Times quoted Dr. Gina Solomon, a senior scientist at the National Resources Defense Council who said: “ There's no reason to believe that bottled water is any safer than tap water.”
Let take a quick look at the facts about bottled water and how a whole house water treatment system can provide your family with an unlimited supply of healthy, pure, clean water.
Bottled Water: A Few Facts
The beverage industry spends literally millions of dollars annually convincing consumers that bottled water is purer than tap water, but tests conducted by agencies like the National Resources Defense Council have shown that this simply is not the case. Bottled water can contain contaminants and bacteria, for instance, an NRDC study showed that one in five bottled water samples they tested “exceeded unenforceable state or industry bacteria guidelines.”
In fact, the U.S. government has estimated that 20%-30% of bottled water sold today, like Dasani or other popular brands, is just tap water taken from a municipal water system that is filtered and bottled. Some even falsely label this as “spring water.”
The notion that bottled water is more “pure” is questionable, but one fact that isn't is the massive impact that bottled water poses on the environment. The bottling process moves large amounts of water from one location and then ships it to another. The water is often kept refrigerated throughout the process until it is sold. It is purchased by the consumer, and the plastic bottle is then thrown into a landfill. Wasting energy and resources throughout the entire process. All while massively increasing the price. In fact, bottled water costs about 10,000 times what it would have cost to walk to your tap and pour a glass of water.
The Benefits of A Whole House Water Treatment System
Here in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, we're lucky to have some of the cleanest drinking water in the country. If you get yours from a private well, it's likely of high-quality. While we do have some common water problems in our region, they can be easily remedied by installing a water treatment system. While the initial cost may seem expensive, the fact is, a whole house water treatment system, over time, can provide significant savings over buying bottled water.
A whole house water system can replace thousands of water bottles every year for the average family of four. It can provide gallons of clean, pure water for cooking, drinking and cleaning for pennies a day. Compare this to a single bottle of artisan or glacial water that can cost as much as $3 a bottle.
Add to this the “savings” for the environment, for example just making the bottles Americans use each year for bottled water burns more than 17 million barrels of oil annually. That's enough to fuel 1.3 million cars for a whole year! Doesn't it make sense to do your part in reducing this environmental impact?
Installing a water treatment system, can improve the taste of your water, remove any contaminants that may be a concern whether chemical, bacterial or naturally occurring. And depending on the system, it can even remove contaminants that could damage your plumbing and fixtures, saving you a boatload of money on future repairs!
If you live in New Hampshire of Massachusetts and you'd like to learn more, or if you have any questions about the real savings a whole house water treatment system can deliver, give the experts at Skillings & Sons a call! We'll perform a water supply test to determine the best treatment options for your home! Call us today at 1 (800) 441 -6281.