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Bottled Water and

The Environment

Outcomes of Lecture:

You are consumers so you make decisions with your money.

Bottled water makes a lot of money for big business.

Manufacturing of plastic bottles uses lots of water.

Bottled water is environmentally expensive to distribute.

Free Lunch?

Bottled water dries up springs and rivers.

Park Record

Park City, Utah

Oakley water 'special'

By Patrick Parkinson

Of the Record staff

Saturday, March 20, 2004


A Park City water company will soon be
bottling water from a spring in Oakley for sale to exclusive restaurants
nationwide. Robert Sasser, a proprietor of Wasatch Ice Water Company,
said based on carbon dating, the water is more than
21,000 years old.

"It's a completely protected aquifer, which is very, very unusual, Sasser

Oakley residents often call the water "dinosaur water or "the springs of
eternal life, Sasser said.

"There's no contaminates of any kind in the water, he said, adding that
the water was discovered nearly 2,000 feet underground.

Sasser said when marketed commercially, the Oakley water would be “
most expensive water in the United States.”

"We just got the well about six years ago, Woolstenhulme said, adding
that the city obtained water rights from the state to use the well water last
year. The well is near land leased by the company.”

Bottled Water in U.S.

Americans shell out more than $10,000 "every
minute of every day" or up to 30 cents for a glass of
bottled water*

1978 Consumption = 415 Million Gallons**

2000s Consumption = 5.4 Billion Gallons**

Per capita consumption increased from 10.5 gallons
in 1993 to 22.6 gallons in 2003.***

* Consumer Reports Magazine (2000)

** Water Follies (2002), ***msnbc (2005)

Who Drinks Bottled Water?

60% Of Americans

43 Billion 16 ounce

Why Drink Bottled Water? drink

Bottled Water is Big Business


$7.7 Billion in US

$35 Billion


(Beverage Marketing Corp.)

Who Are The Players?

700 brands are sold in the United States

Aquafina = PepsiCo

Dasani = Coca

Deja Blue = Dr. Pepper/SevenUp

Nestle = Perrier and 72 brands in 160 countries

Dannon = Visit one of their plants at Mt. Shasta!

Who Is Perrier?

“Perrier” = 32% of U.S Market


Calistoga (Spring & Mineral)

Poland Spring


Ice Mountain

Deer Park

Perrier (Mineral Water)

Who is Dannon?

No. 2 worldwide in bottled water


Volvic (Mineral Water)

Dannon Natural Spring Water (
from Mt. Shasta

Pure American

Enon Springs

Alhambra Junior Sport Drinking Water

Sparkletts Junior Sport Drinking Water

Who Dominates Market In

Nestle = 29%

Crystal Geyser = 20%

Pepsi = 20%

Cola = 18%

Others = EartH
0 and other smaller
bottlers who are our neighbors =

Types of Bottled Water

Artesian Water/Artesian Well Water


Water from a well that taps an
aquifer in which the water level stands at some height above the top of the
Not as valuable as Spring Water, but may be the same water.

Drinking Water


Water that is bottled sanitarily without added sweetners or
chemical additives. Flavors, extracts, or essences may be added.

Mineral Water


Water containing no less than 250 parts per million total
dissolved solids. Many times from a geothermal well or spring.

Purified Water


Water from which all minerals and any other solids have
been removed. May also be called distilled, deionized, or reverse osmosis.

Sparkling Water


Water that after treatment and possible replacement with
carbon dioxide.

Spring Water


Water derived from an underground formation from which
water flows naturally to the surface of the earth.
It must be collected only at
the spring or through a bore hole tapping the underground formation.

Well Water


Water from a hole drilled in the ground which taps the water of
an aquifer.

Sources of Bottled Water

Premium Sources ($$)

Cool & Geothermal Springs

Periodic Spring, WY

Thermopolis Hot Springs, WY

Bottled Water vs. Tap Water

Bottled water is

more expensive than tap water.

Let’s go shopping and find out how much it costs:

Corvallis Tap Water = $0.03 to $0.05 per gallon

Brita Filter Pitcher ($25.00) and filter ($8.00) = the filter alone gets
us to $0.10 to $0.12 /gal.

Vending Machine (BYOB): $0.30 to $0.40/gal

Bulk water (No Fancy Bottle): Treated Portland Water ($0.68/gal);
Unknown Spring ($0.78/gal)

Bottled Waters:

Mt. Shasta = $2.56/gal to

Perrier = $5.03/gal

Park City “Ice” Water = $18.00/gal


of bottled water is treated tap water.

Aquafina = $3.77/gal

Dasani = $3.38/gal

Retail outlets charge upwards of $50,000 for shelf space, and make
about 50% of the profits.

Bottled Water Regulations

Bottled water, unlike tap water provided by a utility,
is considered a food. The U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) regulates bottled water.

EPA is responsible for the safety of drinking water
from public water systems through SDWA.

(Joe Gelt, Arroyo, 1996; IBWA, 2003)

Corvallis Water & SDWA

Corvallis Water & SDWA

What’s In Bottled Water?

“Drink lots of water.

Tap water is best, but if
you must drink

bottled water, do
extra sit

per day
because bottled water
contains an enzyme
that produces more
cellulite to the

The Sarcasm Diet (2003)

Contaminants Found in Bottled Water?

22% violated enforceable limits.

17% violated guidelines.

Some waters exceeded both
state limits and state guidelines,
so the total that violated one or
the other was 33%

(NRDC, 1997

Percentages indicate % of waters for
which at least one test found
containment. Number of waters tested:

Is Bottled Water Safer?

In 1989 the Environmental Policy Institute concluded that
bottled water
is not necessarily any safer than tap water…due to bacterial growth in
the water.

EPA's Office of Groundwater and Drinking Water, stresses that
although studies are inconclusive on the issue,
bacteria in bottled
water doesn't seem to be a significant problem
(Critical thinking in

February 1990, benzene, a chemical known to cause cancer in
humans, was detected in bottles of Perrier at levels that exceeded by
four times the EPA standards for tap water.
Perrier recalled more than
170 million bottles as a result of the contamination

Perrier incident prompts U.S. General Accounting Office to charge the
FDA with failing to set "adequate safety standards for chemical
contamination of bottled water."

March 19, 2004

Is Bottled Water Safer?

In 1994, the FDA passed regulations that impose the same
standards on bottled water as the EPA imposes on tap water.

An exception is lead: lead content may not exceed 5 parts per
billion in bottled water, whereas EPA limits lead in tap water to
15 parts per billion.

Bottled water may help to bypass other potential problems
brought about by the practice of public water suppliers of
adding chlorine to drinking water to remove bacteria.

chlorine kills bacteria effectively, it can react with organic
matter in water to form by
products such as

which have been linked to bladder and rectal cancers. Chlorine
is not used as a disinfectant in bottled water.

Corvallis Water & SWDA

Bottled Water Environmental Problems

It takes 1,851 gallons of water to refine one barrel of
crude oil.**

four gallons of water are needed to make one
pound of plastic. **

1.5 million tons of plastic used per year to make
bottles for bottled water.***

That’s 24gal/pd X 2000 pd/ton x 1.5 million tons = 72
billion gallons of water or 24 times the quantity of
water used by the City of Corvallis every year to
make bottles
that are empty

**Emily Gersema, Associated Press (2003)


Bottled Water Environmental Problems

Another look at the situation:

1.5 million tons of plastic used per year to make

bottles for bottled water.

American Plastics Association indicates that for

every kilo (2.2 lbs.) of plastic used for PET
bottled water bottles, it takes about 0.6 gallons
of oil.


1.5 M tons X 2000 lbs/ton X 0.3 gal/lb. X 1 bbl/42gal =
21.4 M bbl of oil to make empty PET bottles

Bottled Water Environmental Problems

“…an immense waste of energy and plastic and resources if you
consider the number of bottles that are made and transported
and disposed of…” (NRDC)

US Consumes Equivalent of
43 Billion

16 ounce Polyester
(PET) bottles

Only 16% of bottles get recycled
in California,
only 12% in US
, yet
the bottles can be recycled 20 to 30

Recycling rate has fallen from
54% in 1994 to 19% in 2003

Water Follies (2002),

msnbc, 2005

What about the landfill
management problem?

Try flattening a plastic bottle.

Bottled Water Environmental Solutions

Bottled water in “plastic”
made from cornstarch which
biodegrades. Sold at Wild
Oats stores for $1.79.

Bottled Water Environmental Problems

“Tap water comes from
underground pipes,
while the manufacture,
distribution and disposal
of bottled water requires
much more energy and

How is Bottled Water is

How are the bottles
recycled or thrown


(International Bottled Water Association)

Bottled Water Environmental Problems

Bottled Water Environmental Problems

The French company, Perrier

Vittel, bought the Buxton
mineral water bottling plant in Britain's Peak District National
Park 14 years ago when it produced half a million bottles a

Now production is up more than a hundred fold to 55
million. Today they bottle, ship and sell a quarter of the flow
from the Buxton source

and demand is growing.

BBC (2000)

Shifting international geography

of the bottled water industry

In five years, bottled water
consumption will be highest
along the Pacific Rim.
China is
expecting large growth. Most of
our recycled bottles go there.

Canada will continue to close
the gap between them and
France in imports.

Mexico also looks to be a place
where many plants might
decide to invest.

A decade ago, France was
considered at the center of the
industry, but as of 2000 the
industry seems to heading in all

Projected Annual Growth in


If the use of bottled water continues to increase at
the current rate, the world will be in short supply in
22 years.

Bottled water
isn't worth the price
, especially
considering that it must be purchased, transported,
and stored by the consumer.

Canadian Armand
Frappier Institute indicates that
municipalities should advertise the quality of their
water the way bottled water companies do, because
North American tap water is the best you can get
(San Francisco is doing this using Hetch Hetchy
Reservoir water)


If you must buy bottled water, look for




water in Corvallis because it is just as pure, if not more pure, as



Think about this…“Our consumer preferences for spring water,
involve innocent choices made by individuals, but their
cumulative impact has the potential to devastate springs and

Robert Glennon

Recycle your bottles. The plastics industry really does want
your bottle back.

How much do YOU know about

bottled water and the industry?

(Take a true/false quiz to determine your water wisdom)

1. Nestle, famous for its chocolate products, owns the famous Perrier Group.

2. France has the strongest international presence and history in the bottled

water industry.

3. Volvic and Evian are owned by the same company.

4. Purified drinking water is actually a special tap water.

5. The retailers make at least half of the profits along the supply chain.

6. Buying shelf space at the grocery store to sell a bottled water brand is around


7. Europeans like more minerals in their water.

8. How bottled water is packaged (ie types of bottles) strongly determines its


9. FDA standards on water are not strictly enforced.

10. Bottled water labeled “Spring Water” can come from a well.

11. Bottled “Spring” water can impact springs that discharge to rivers.

12. Tap water in some cities may have more minerals than bottled water.

13. China's bottled water market is expected to grow by 150% in the next five

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