Thursday, October 23, 2014
How Much Less Does Filtered Water Cost Than Bottled Water?
Let’s say that a 20 ounce bottle of water costs about $1.50. One gallon contains 128 ounces, or 6.4 bottles of water. 6.4 multiplied by $1.50 equals $9.60. For comparison, cost for a gallon of gasoline is about half that amount. As you do the math in your head to make sure that I’m right, here’s one more fact that is sure to bug you if you’re unaware: most bottled water is just from the tap. Does this mean that the water you are drinking from a plastic bottle is of subpar quality? Not necessarily. Most tap water in this country is very drinkable, though there are some contaminants – from chlorine to lead – that we would recommend filtering out to avoid long-term health issues. Does this mean you are getting ripped off? Well, remember, that plastic bottle is yours for keeps after you buy it. As long as you use that bottle to its full potential, using and reusing it dozens of times, you’re getting a great deal. If you are still reading, you must be one of the millions that just throw away a plastic water bottle when you’re done with it. This means that yes, depending on how much bottled water you buy, you are probably getting ripped off.