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Pros and Cons: Bottled Water vs Filtered Water


Over the last few decades, bottled water has become a mainstay in American life. In many stores today, the shopper is greeted by rows and rows of bottled water in refrigerated cases. Bottled water sales doubled between 1997 and 2007, reaching about $12 billion in sales. American sales of bottled water peaked at about 500 million bottles per week in 2007.

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However, this has begun to change. By 2008, bottled water sales dropped by almost 4% from the previous year. Many cities, schools, and businesses began to offer tap water again rather than bottled water for a variety of reasons, both economical and environmental. There are some unpleasant facts to consider about drinking bottled water:

  • Bottled water is expensive: Depending upon location, a bottle of water costs one or two dollars or more. This is an astonishingly high price for a 16-ounce bottle of water, considering it is approximately between 240 and 10,000 times the cost of an equivalent amount of filtered tap water at home.
  • Bottled water is tough on the environment: About 23% of all plastic bottles are reused, but that still means over two million tons of bottles are dumped into landfills annually.
  • Bottled water often is not any purer than regular tap water: According to an investigation by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), there were chemical contaminants in virtually every bottled water brand tested. Contaminants included chlorine byproducts, fertilizer residue, and even traces of pharmaceuticals.

What Really Is In Bottled Water?

The same EWG report mentioned above also notes that two major US distributors of bottled water essentially bottle tap water. Others distill or purify tap water for their product. If the bottle does not say spring water, there is a good chance that the water came from a regular municipal source.

A More Economical and Healthy Choice: Filtered Water

A Pelican Water Whole House Water Filter System or Premium Countertop Drinking Water System is an economical way to deliver tastier, purer filtered water to every tap in the home that costs just pennies per gallon.

This whole house water system is low maintenance and simple to install, and will remove harmful contaminants and chemicals from tap water, including chlorine. With filtered water, the whole family will enjoy a purer, cleaner taste, and also will be able to bathe and shower in water that does not cause dry skin and hair.

Each Pelican Whole House Water Filter System comes with a five-year warranty, does not use electricity, and never wastes water.

Our new Premium Countertop Drinking Water System is a refreshingly smart choice for delicious, healthier water in any kitchen. Filtering over 60 contaminants while staying extremely cost-effective, the Pelican Water Countertop Drinking Water System offers cleaner, better-tasting water right from your kitchen sink!

The facts about bottled water vs. filtered water are in and the verdict is clear: Filtered water is less expensive, better for the environment, and purer. Keep these facts in mind in deciding the source of water at home.

Investing in a Pelican whole house filter system would pay for itself in 12 months if you stop purchasing 5 botlles of water a day and the payback on the Premium Drinking filter would be even shorter.

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