Bottled water

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Bottled water is now used in many parts of the world as a primary source of water for domestic consumption. While the taste may be good, some serious environmental problems with this practice include:

  • Energy (and carbon emissions) required to bottle and transport the water.
  • Disposable plastic packaging wastes oil resources (for its manufacture) and a lot goes into landfill
  • Local gravity fed or groundwater supplies are used less, and their quality may decline.

Bottled water banned in New South Wales, Australia

New South Wales Premier Nathan Rees ordered all State Government departments and agencies to stop buying bottled water on 8 July 2009, following swiftly on news of a small-town ban. The measure comes hot on today's news that the town Bundanoon, in the NSW Southern Highlands, is set to become the first community in Australia to ban the sale of bottled water.[1]

Mr Rees had already ordered all ministerial offices in Sydney's CBD to make do with tap water when he took on the top job last year. He has extended that instruction, saying the State Government should lead by example. The Premier says the move will save taxpayer money and help reduce the impact on the environment of producing and disposing plastic bottles.

Alternatives

  • Install a water tank
  • Drink mains water collected from local catchments

References

  1. NSW Govt bans bottled water, ABC News, Giulio Saggin


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