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Water & Health The true cost of bottled water Drinking water from bottles instead of from the tap is very bad for the environment. The journey of a supermarket bottle of water usually includes many stages that all consume a significant amount of energy. • production of plastic bottles or washing and sterilising glass bottles • production of the outer packaging • filling • transport to the wholesaler or distribution warehouse • transport to the retailer or individual store • transport home • disposal of the bottles in the trash, recycling of the materials, or returning for reuse in a deposit system Bottled water that travels on average more than 124 miles to its consumer uses 0.12 gallons of oil per gallon of water. If the water comes from a distance of 620 miles, this figure jumps to up to 0.32 gallon of oil per gallon of water. Water from the tap, however, only uses the equivalent of 0.0003 gallons of oil per gallon of drinking water. Water: a vital resource Water is a vital necessity. The environmentally sound, sustainable use and fair distribution of this resource must be anchored in our societies and must not be placed in the hands of economic enterprises. Already today, bottled water costs between 400 and 1,000 times the amount of tap water, most of which is bottled well-, spring- or even tap-water. Companies such as Nestlé generate sales of more than € 90 billion ($97Bn) a year with bottled water sales, and are buying more and more water rights worldwide. Water must not be an economic asset. „Whiskey is for drinking and Water is for fighting over.“ Mark Twain 4

Water & Health Quality of tap water Water is in constant circulation. It evaporates from our seas, falls in the form of rain or snow onto our landscape and is thereby contaminated. Only by passing through the soil water is gradually cleaned. This, however, takes many days, preferably months, before we accept it as drinking water for consumption. Often, however, the subsoil is traversed by crevices, so that the water simply flows into the source, unpurified. Or it is contaminated with fertilisers, plant protection products or other toxins on the way through the soil. Particularly where we expect pure water, it is often the case that most of the pathogens are found there. Drinking fountains, in regions where intensive agriculture is operated, are often loaded with fertilisers and pesticides. What to do? Take water purification into your own hands. Right in your home. Bottles: No guarantee of purity About 40 percent of bottled water is regular tap water, which may or may not have received any additional treatment. Most municipal tap water must adhere to stricter purity standards than the bottled water industry. The EPA requires large public water suppliers to test for contaminants as often as several times a day, but the FDA requires private bottlers to test for contaminants only once a week, once a year, or once every four years, depending on the contaminant. The bottle itself is extremely detrimental to the environment, and the plastic often used to make water bottles contains a variety of health-harming chemicals that can easily leach out and contaminate the water, such as: • Cancer-causing PFOAs • PBDEs (flame retardant chemicals), which have been linked to reproductive problems • The reproductive toxins, phthalates • BPA, which disrupts the endocrine system by mimicking the female hormone oestrogen If you leave your water bottle in a hot car, or reuse it, your exposure is magnified because heat and stress increase the amount of chemicals that leach out of the plastic. 5