One Million Gallons of Gas
We use one million gallons of gas to deliver bottled water in the USA every single year. This is obviously one of the reasons that bottled water is so expensive.
Another important factor here: the carbon emissions from driving all of those miles as well as the increase in greenhouse gases (and the attendant impact on global warming) from the production of bottled water. All of these negative environmental impacts occur just to get purified tap water to your house or business.
The energy used to produce one year's worth of bottled water is about 17 million barrels of oil. This estimate includes the fact that plastic water bottles are made from polyethylene terephthalate, which is produced from fossil fuels, including natural gas and petroleum.
The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) stipulates that more energy is consumed during the production and consumption of bottled water than is expended for public drinking water production.
The overall energy cost includes not only the energy needed to produce and consume the end product, but also the transportation costs incurred during transport and delivery. And let's not forget the energy spent to refrigerate the bottles at home and in the store.
(Note: We gratefully acknowledge the following source of information: www.eHow.com/environmental-effects-bottled-water.html.)
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