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article imageCompany openly bottling and selling NY tap water

By Chris V. Thangham     Mar 6, 2009 in Environment
A New York company is bottling city tap water and selling it openly. They claim bottling local water is healthier than drinking soda and it reduces environmental costs.

The truth about bottled water.
In the U.S., massive amounts of bottled water are consumed every year. To produce bottles for consumers, it requires more than 17 million barrels of oil (not including the oil used for transporting from source to various shops). In many cases, water comes from far away places such as Fiji.
Also, another study shows it requires 171 billions of fresh water to bottle 41 billion gallons of bottled water.
Another study found bottled water is no less polluted than tap water. Bottled water also costs more than 1,900 times the cost of tap water at a penny a gallon.
Now, one New York company, Tap’dNY is planning to bottle and sell New York City tap water, which is considered to be one of the best-tasting water sources in the country.
Tap’dNY says it's bottling local water in order to cut emissions from transporting water from distant parts of the world:
Tap'dNY is a New York City bottled water company with a local twist and knack for honesty. We don't travel the world from Fiji to France seeking water or offer the usual bottled water gimmicks. We work with NYC's public water system to source the world's best tasting tap water, purify it through reverse osmosis and bottle it locally, leaving out ludicrous transportation miles. We offer an honest and local alternative to thirsty New Yorkers, giving them a smarter choice: to drink their own (award winning) water.
Tap'dNY wants Americans to use their bottled water only as a second choice if they can't get tap water directly where they are when they get thirsty. They also point out it's healthier than drinking soda.
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