Even though it is an expensive option, bottled water sales have soared across the United States. Consumers are looking for clean water that is safe for drinking. The problem is that many sources of tap water contain a wide range of contaminants. These can leave tap water with a bad taste, cause serious health issues, or both. These factors have consumers turning to bottled water even though it’s an additional expense. But did you know that choosing an under-sink water filter offers numerous benefits over bottled water, and it can save you money in the long run?
Let’s briefly compare the costs associated with bottled water and an under-sink water filter.
The Increased Cost of Bottled Water
There are numerous bottled water brands and types, and each can influence the price. On average, buying a gallon of water costs over $1.25 per gallon. Purified spring water can cost you over $7 a gallon. Making bulk purchases can help reduce costs, but it’s still an expensive option for quenching your thirst and rehydrating.
Much of the bottled water on the market is just tap water that has been through some sort of filtration, usually reverse osmosis. This process removes contaminants like chlorine, which water utilities add during their water treatment process. Bottled water is more costly than tap water because of the extra costs along the supply chain. These costs include production, packaging, staff, transportation, and advertising, all of which send the price of a bottle of water upwards. Most bottled water providers do not sell their products directly to the public. Most of them sell products through retail stores that also mark up the purchase price before it reaches customers. When you purchase a bottle of water, there are many price markups along the supply chain.
Environmental Cost of Plastic Water Bottles
The costs of plastic water bottles are not just about how much money you have to pay for them. There are also some serious environmental costs associated with the purchase of bottled water. The main ingredient used to make plastic bottles is petroleum. Each year, it takes around 17 million barrels of crude oil just to manufacture plastic bottles. 1.5 million tons of plastic is needed to make water bottles each year. That’s enough energy and fuel to power nearly 250,000 homes. Unfortunately, not many plastic water bottles end up in recycling centers across the US. That means most of them end up in landfills, waterways, and the ocean, which continues to add to oceanic debris.
Plastic was designed to be durable, so it can take them somewhere between 400 and 1,000 years to break down in the environment. When you invest in an under-sink water filtration system from Better Waters, you save yourself large amounts of money and help reduce the environmental footprint.
How Much Does Water Cost with an Under-Sink Water Filter?
High-quality water filters from Better Waters remove a wide range of contaminants found in most tap water sources. Filtered water tastes and smells better but is also healthier than water straight from the tap. Most filtered water is of higher quality than bottled water since it doesn’t contain microplastics or BPA. But how does it compare as far as the price is concerned?
Water utility companies pump water from a variety of sources, including rivers, reservoirs, lakes, and underground aquifers. They treat the water before delivering it to consumers, who are billed for the water they use. Tap water costs less than a penny per gallon in most regions. This is reasonable when considering the costs of pumping, treating, and distributing the water, billing, and maintaining the infrastructure.
Water filters vary in capacity, size, and price. The average price for producing a filtered gallon of water is 4 cents. This price is far cheaper than purchasing bottled water for an average of $1.25 per gallon, and it’s much better for the environment.
Save Money With Better Waters Under-Sink Water Filters
Do you need assistance choosing the right under-sink water filter for your home? Contact Better Waters and let our experts help you find the perfect fit. Our high-performance water filtration resolves two essential problems. It gives people greater access to bottle-quality drinking water and reduces the impact of plastic water bottles on the environment. Contact us today, and let us help you save money and protect the environment.