UK BOTTLED WATER : SAINT OR SINNER ?
4 x 4s, plastic bags, bottled water. Tonnes of oil, loads of waste, bottled water evil, drink from the tap. This sounds great. Save money, salvage conscience. But there is a real danger that common sense could be turned upside down. Water is as healthy as can be. It has almost no downsides, unlike any other product. Stop bottled water in its tracks and people will become
- less well hydrated and less healthy, because 50% of bottled water is drunk on the move and they will drink less liquid
- fatter when obesity is already a major social concern, because most of bottled water's recent growth has been as a replacement of calorie containing drinks.
- Government should encourage local authorities to recycle more plastic. Levels could be doubled if all areas followed best practice.
- Public water supply companies could do more to reduce leakage. At present leakage is over 1,000 times the level of bottled water consumption.