Published: July 26, 2017

    Bottled Water: How Much Are You Really Paying?

    If you’ve read any of the blogs here at Pelican Water you’re probably aware of the negative impact bottled water has on the environment. Over 38 billion water bottles (108 times the US Population!) are thrown away (not recycled) in the United States alone every year, generating an almost unfathomable amount of non-biodegradable plastic waste.

    However, you may not realize that switching from bottled water to filtered water isn’t only great for the planet – it’s also great for your wallet. Do you know how much money you’re wasting every year by picking up bottled water on your weekly grocery store trip?

    First, let’s calculate how much water you’ll be drinking per year. The amount varies based on your age, weight, height, gender, and level of activity, among other factors. According to the Institute of Medicine, a grown man should consume an average of 13 cups, or 3 liters, of water per day. Converted to gallons, that’s 0.8 gallons per day.

    Assuming you don’t want to pass out from dehydration this year, you’ll drink that many gallons per day. So, at the end of the year, you will have consumed approximately 292 gallons of water. Keep in mind, this is just for one person. Let’s say you have a family of four in your humble abode – suddenly that figure comes out to 1,168 gallons of water for your household each year.

    Okay, so how much, exactly, is bottled water? Business Insider reported in 2013 that bottled water costs an average of $.12 per gallon. So, if you’re buying bottled water at the grocery store you’re spending an average of $1,425 per year on bottled water alone.

    However, that’s assuming you’re not purchasing any single-serving water bottles. Those 16.9 ounce bottles are much more expensive; one gallon of water comes out to $7.50 if you buy water bottles individually. So, let’s say, conservatively, that 10% of the 1.168 gallons of bottled water you purchase in a year is of the single-serving variety. Your total bill for bottled water for the year will then exceed $2,158.

    Now, let’s say that you have twins, and they live at home for 18 years before moving off to college. If you maintain your bottled water habit while they grow up, your total bottled water cost will equal $43,160 for those 20 years. That’s quite an investment!

    Now, what if you had used filtered water from your tap instead? We know that the average cost of bottled water is $1.22. But how much do we save by using tap water? In the United States the average cost of tap water is $0.004 per gallon, according to the American Water Works Association. So, for a family of four consistent with our above calculations, your yearly cost when using tap water for drinking is $4.67. Over a 20-year period for a family of four that comes out to $93.44.

    To clarify, by choosing the “convenience” of bottled water your family is throwing away more than $40,000 over the course of two decades. Even if you splurge and install a high-end water filtration for your home, you’ll still be saving tens of thousands of dollars that you would otherwise be spending on plastic that will slowly but surely decimate the environment.

    Installing a water filter and softener from Pelican Water makes the most financial sense for your family. Switch from bottled water and enjoy the fresh taste of pure water from every tap in your home, all while saving the planet and increasing your savings.