Americans buy an estimated 34.6 billion single-serving (1 liter or less) plastic water bottles each year. Almost eight out of ten end up in a landfill or incinerator. Hundreds of millions end up as litter on roads and beaches or in streams and other waterways. Taxpayers pay hundreds of millions of dollars each year in disposal and litter cleanup costs.
About one out of every thousand barrels of oil consumed by the US is now used to manufacture plastic for bottled water. And it consumes additional petroleum to deliver those bottles.
By square footage, the biggest users of bottled water are residential high-rise buildings.
OK, we get the imperative of sustainability. But our thirst for pure drinking water is not going away.
Fortunately, some technologies actually reconcile competing interests. No matter how you slice it - environmentally, financially or practically - water filtration is the answer.
Not just any filtration, however.
The US Green Building Council has issued a CIR - a LEED point - awarding an Innovation in Design credit (CSv2.0 IDc1) for projects that use BETTER WATERS technologies to eliminate the need for bottled water.
Whether or not your building is pursuing LEED, you can still take advantage of the program. It costs nothing to enroll your building or complex in filteredISbetter.
Enrolling qualifies every resident for a deep discount on a BETTER WATERS series7000 filtration system - the new pharmaceutical grade filtration technology from 3M Purification Inc. We consider an entire building as a wholesale customer, so any resident can then take advantage of the discounted price level.
With the XL7000 or XB7000 installed inside your kitchen cabinet, you will have
exquisitely fine filtration on demand, and buying bottled water will
suddenly be irrelevant to your life.
The new 3M technology behind our series7000 filtration assures an unprecedented combination of extraordinary filtration quality, high flow, and astounding cartridge longevity.
This is high-performance water filtration that knocks bottled water off its pedestal, and yet - what is really revolutionary - can be installed directly into a cold water line, no separate faucet needed. So, no hole drilled in a kitchen counter, and a significantly reduced cost of labor and materials.
With filteredISbetter, you don't have to choose any longer between pure drinking water and protecting our environment.
Want to enroll your building?
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