Bottled water costs thousands of times more, is lower quality and less regulated than tap water. Tap water consistently wins taste tests and it costs about 204 to 10,000 times less than bottled water. In addition, the 17 million barrels of oil used each year to make plastic water bottles could fuel a million cars. In the United States, bottled water is controlled less stringently than tap water, which is regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act. 70% of bottled water never crosses state lines, exempting it from federal regulation. In the United States, 22% of bottled water contains contaminates that exceed state health limits. Chemicals in the plastic bottles also leach into the water, causing health issues including cancer. Some companies use a small amount of plant-based plastic to trick consumers into believing the product is environmentally friendly, when in reality it has a negligible effect. Only about 16% of plastic bottles in the United States are recycled. The rest end up in landfills, incinerators that pollute the air or even worse, waterways. It takes three times as much to make just one unit of bottled water. The solution is to use a refillable container and make a commitment not to drink bottled water.
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