Wow, the time sure does fly by! I cannot believe that it has almost been 60 days since I started my “Summer of Water Challenge” but it has! I was not very sure when I started this challenge that I would actually be able to do it. But it is almost over and I will tell you that my water consumption will not end. But my journey of drinking water this summer has led to a new lifestyle in more ways than one.
When I first started my summer of water, I went out and bought a lot from the store. Deer Park was always my water of choice. Normally I would by the individual bottles because it was also what I was putting in my son’s lunch for a drink while he was attending summer camp. I went into this challenge thinking that I would spend less money on drinks by simply buying water and not all of the other drinks I would frequently buy. However, that really was not the case. By making the choice to buy only water, and some apple juice for my son, I noticed that I was actually spending more money. I found myself going to the store more often just to purchase water. Now, no one really wants to drink the city tap water but it really did not make much sense to me to continue to spend all of this money on water. Knowing how much money I was spending and taking an environmental science class during my summer of water, led me to make another decision with how I obtain my water.
I believe everything happens for a reason. My environmental science class that I was taking during my college studies this summer, asked us to do an assignment on the battle between tap and bottled water. I found out a few interesting things that I did not know about the bottled water I had been spending all of my money on.
- Many water bottles end up in landfills. Only 1 out of 5 bottles ends up being recycled.
- 3 billion pounds of waste in the United States comes from water bottles
- There are more regulations put on tap water than bottled water. It is more likely to know what is in your tap water than the water you buy from the store.
- It is required that tap water be tested on a more frequent basis than bottled water when containments are found.
- Much of bottled water and tap water come from the same places. The major difference between the two is the bottled water is filtered and sometimes treated with extra things to make it taste a little better.
- Tap water normally contains fluoride and bottled water does not. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that adding fluoride to public drinking water as one of the “top 10 public health achievements of the 20th century.”
- The plastic that water bottles are made out of can leak toxins into the water it contains. (polyethylene terephthalate or PET)
So now, after my summer of water, I not only have made the decision to drink more water but now, I am also filtering my water. I decided on a Brita faucet filtration system but there are many options out there if you are thinking about making the same change. Do your research and decide what the best option is for you and your household.