Many Colleges and Universities have joined in the movement to ban bottled water from their dining halls and campuses.California Institute of Technology (Caltech) had to consider recent research that estimates only 17 percent of plastic water bottles get recycled and that more than 50 million end up in landfills each year. The research led Caltech to decide on a better solution for the 2011 Commencement ceremony. CalTech partnered with local water filter manufacturer LifeSource Water Systems to provide clean, healthy filtered tap water on the day of the big event.
Each graduating student was given a reusable stainless steel water bottle with the Caltech logo along with their diploma. ”The best way to change habits is to start with a better alternative… a stainless bottle is a great way to carry water with you at all times,” said John Onderdonk, Caltech Manager of Sustainability Programs. ”Fill that bottle with filtered water and you’ve got a convenient solution that’s good for your health and the environment.” Other attendees of the ceremony were served water in compostable cups and encouraged to refill them as often as they liked. ”At the end of last year’s ceremony, our groundskeepers found hundreds of bottles still nearly full and many more empty water bottles littering the lawn,” said Delmy Emerson, Caltech Director of Building and Grounds. ”This year, less than a handful of empties brought in by guests were left behind for disposal.” Therefore, while much tap water is indeed risky, having compared available data, we conclude that there is no assurance that bottled water is any safer than tap water.” — The Natural Resources Defense Council. The reality is that people pay from $1 to $4 a gallon for the perception of higher quality, when in fact; the quality of bottled water is at best an “unknown”! Home water purification is by far the most economical, most convenient and most effective way of producing high quality, healthy water…and it’s the Green Solution! Filtering out the chlorine, lead and other contaminants with a quality home water filtration system, at the point of use, just prior to consumption, is the best way to know for sure about the quality of your drinking water. It’s also the most economical and the most environmentally responsible. It’s the right choice!
In March of 1999, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released a report called “Bottled Water: Pure Drink or Pure Hype?”
• City tap water can have no confirmed E.Coli or fecal coliform bacteria. FDA bottled water rules include no such prohibition (a certain amount of any type of coliform bacteria is allowed in bottled water).
• City tap water, from surface water, must be filtered and disinfected. In contrast, there are no federal filtration or disinfection requirements for bottled water.
• Most cities using surface water have had to test for Cryptosporidium or Giardia, two common water pathogens, that can cause diarrhea and other intestinal problems, yet bottled water companies have no such test.
• City tap water must meet standards for certain important toxic or cancer-causing chemicals, such as phthalate (a chemical that can leach from plastic, including plastic bottles); some in the industry persuaded FDA to exempt bottled water from the regulations regarding these chemicals.
• City water systems must issue annual “right to know” reports, telling consumers what is in their water. Bottlers successfully killed a “right to know” requirement for bottled water.
“Therefore, while much tap water is indeed risky, having compared available data, we conclude that there is no assurance that bottled water is any safer than tap water.” — The Natural Resources Defense Council