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Andrew Brunhart. Courtesy photo
Andrew Brunhart. Courtesy photo

By Andrew Brunhart, General Manager of South Coast Water District

Save time, money and the environment by turning on the tap

You are running out the door but want to grab a drink. You know that drinking water is good for you, so you reach in the fridge for some agua. Do you grab (a) one of your store-bought plastic bottles of drinking water that can cost over $1 or (b) your reusable sports bottle filled with drinking water from your tap that costs a fraction of a penny?

We at the South Coast Water District want the people we serve every day, and everyone else, to know why water straight from the tap is good for you, good for your pocketbook and good for the environment.

“But the quality is different,” you say. “Bottled water is tastier and healthier.” Not so. Water from the tap repeatedly wins taste tests across the county.

“But bottled water is convenient,” you say. “I can just grab one and go.” Let me ask you another question. What’s more convenient? Turning on the tap, filling a sports bottle and putting it in the refrigerator or getting in the car, driving to your store, loading water into your cart, standing in the supermarket checkout line, putting water in your car, driving it home and loading it into your fridge?

There isn’t any question that using tap water is also better for your pocketbook. It simply costs less, a lot less. A dollar of SCWD water will fill more than 2,000 20-ounce plastic bottles, just like the one you buy at the store or get from a machine for $1.25 or more. It’s easy to see the better value.

“But is our tap water safe,” you ask. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the United States has one of the safest water systems in the world. The drinking water SCWD supplies is tested hundreds of thousands of times a year.

Finally, there is the environmental impact of drinking from a plastic bottle instead of from the tap. Every plastic bottle of water requires the use of oil for making the bottle and transporting it to stores. Every year, 30 billion plastic bottles are used in the U.S., most are not recycled.

SCWD is taking action as well. We have used bottles of water with our name on them. They have been popular at community events. We will end that practice. We will still gladly come to community events and bring educational materials, but when our current supply of bottled water for events runs out, we will purchase no more.

So those are the facts. Tap water is safe. Tap water is healthy. Tap water is less expensive than bottled water and it is better for the environment. Fill up that reusable sports bottle today.

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