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If you do, think about the following:

    • It's a rip-off - big time.
        Coca-Cola was forced to admit in 2004 that Dasani is just tap water. Nestle's has had to add "Public Water Source" to the label of their Pure Life brand.
        The upshot is that you pay multiple times more for a product that is available to you at minimal cost from your kitchen faucet.

     • Tap water is regulated, but bottlers face few regulations and are rarely inspected.

     • Bottled water is an environmental disaster.
          While these bottles can be recycled, eighty percent end up in landfills where they take a long time to degrade. They are also found floating in a mass of other non-biodegradable debris that is twice the size of Texas and is known as the Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch.
          Since three times more water is used to produce the bottle than the amount it will contain, it is a process that wastes a life-giving resource.
          Bottled water also consumes significant amounts of non-renewable fossil fuels in the manufacture of the bottles, extraction of the water and transporting it to plants, and then to distribution points. The entire process adversely impacts air quality and adds to climate change. Does it make sense to take water from New Zealanders and bring it here to the US?

    • If you buy bottled water believing it tastes better than tap water, maybe you are buying the "hype"?
        For example, when ABC's Good Morning America blind-tested its studio audience in 2001 by asking them to taste samples of New York City's tap water, Poland Spring, Evian and oxygenated 02, the Big Apple won hands down.

    • What is the likely long-term impact on the world's water supply?
        Like oil, our supply of water is not inexhaustible. Unlike oil, there is NO substitute.                                                            
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Jason, It would be cheaper and even more convenien... by Mary Wentworth on Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 at 2:39:51 PM
don't drink bottled water unless someone gives me ... by shadow dancer on Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 at 2:18:36 PM
You might try having a friendly discussion with th... by Mary Wentworth on Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 at 2:46:16 PM
I use refillable gallon jugs of reverse osmosis wa... by Brad Griffeth on Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 at 4:47:41 PM
Brad, This is a water filter system that we have h... by Mary Wentworth on Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 at 6:23:21 PM
Excellent article!  I wish that more of these... by Sister Begonia on Monday, Jun 29, 2009 at 7:24:35 AM
Trailing Begonia: The fightback against bottled wa... by Mary Wentworth on Monday, Jun 29, 2009 at 9:15:01 AM
Problem is, when you drink tap water you get all t... by Lucretia on Monday, Jun 29, 2009 at 10:55:38 AM
Lucretia: Public water supplies in many parts of t... by Mary Wentworth on Monday, Jun 29, 2009 at 11:16:38 AM
Ok here's what you can do.  Get yourself a go... by jesse robinson on Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 6:09:17 PM
Jesse, What the article is asking readers to do is... by Mary Wentworth on Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 6:43:04 PM