Santevia is not only committed to your personal health, but also the health of our environment. Bottled water is expensive and damaging to our planet, and many people may be unaware that almost half of the bottled water sold today comes from city tap water supplies. When bottlers are not selling city water, they pump and sell common water resources that belong to the public. These pumping operations can harm the environment and natural resources that communities rely on**.
Not only will a Santevia Water System give you mineralized, alkaline water, but it can also contribute to a more eco-friendly future.
Here are some things you may not know about bottled water:
*Reader discretion: Some of these facts may be disturbing.
- The International Bottled Water Association says total US bottled water consumption increased from 9.1 billion gallons in 2011, to 9.67 billion gallons in 2012–the strongest growth rate in five years. Generally, only about 23% of these bottles are recycled, meaning 77% go to landfills*.
- The energy we waste using bottled water would be enough to power 190,000 homes*.
- Americans use about 50 billion plastic water bottles each year. However, the US recycling rate for plastic is only 23%, which means 38 billion water bottles–more than $1 billion worth of plastic–are sent to landfills each year*.
- In 2011, the average American drank 29 gallons of bottled water compared to 1.6 gallons in 1976**.
- The rising cost of gasoline is relevant to nearly everyone who drives a vehicle. Yet gallon for gallon, bottled water costs almost three times as much as gasoline, and 2400 times as much as tap water**.
- In 2012, large landfills charged an average of $49.27 per ton, so with the more than four billion pounds of plastic bottles ending up in landfills, municipalities are paying at least $98 million a year to dispose of bottled water waste**.
- Making bottles to meet America’s demand for bottled water used between 32-54 million barrels of oil in 2007 – enough to fuel between 1.2 to 2.1 million cars a year. And that’s not even including the oil used to transport these bottles to retailers**.