01 Jun Californians Are Wasting Too Much Water By Drinking Bottled Water
If you live in the Golden State, then it’s likely you’ve already moderated your water habits and gotten rid of obvious water waste. You cut down those 30-minute showers to 10-minute sprints. Your poor car hasn’t been washed in the driveway all year. You might even have a xeriscaped lawn outside filled with drought-tolerant plants.
But if you’re gulping down water from a plastic bottle, you may be missing an obvious way to save a little more of this precious resource. In 2013 the International Bottled Water Association calculated that it takes 1.39 liters of water to make one liter of water. This doesn’t even include the water used in the supply chain to create the plastic or labeling, so we can assume the real water cost is much higher.
However, let’s use the number the IBWA gave us. According to the organization Ban the Bottle, the average American uses 167 disposable water bottles a year. Let’s assume that all of these bottles are a typical 16.9-ounce water bottle. That adds up to 83.5 liters of water consumed and 32.5 liters of water wasted per American per year. That might not seem like a lot, but California is home to 38.8 million people! That’s a lot of wasted water.
If you want to find another easy way to lower your water waste, then try to cut the number of water bottles you use in half. One way to do this is to invest in a WATERBOY™ system, which will provide you with clean, pure, great-tasting water throughout your home.