Perhaps “bogus” is not the correct choice in words since the water in the bottle is truly “bottled water.” But what is bogus is the claim by several companies that the water is “spring water.”

Bottled water marketing campaigns have been so successful in making people suspicious of their tap water, that sales skyrocketed 700 percent between 1997 and 2005.

Pepsi’s Aquafina is now the best-selling water brand in the U.S., while Coke’s Dasani ranks second. European giant Nestle has the biggest share of the bottled water market with a number of brands, such as Perrier, Poland Spring, and Deer Park. Americans spend billions, yes, I said billions, of dollars a year to tote around bottles of water with those fancy names.

water from tapWhen Pepsi admitted in August that it bottles tap water under its Aquafina label, the beverage giant agreed to change Aquafina’s labels to indicate that the water comes from a public source. But Pepsi is not alone in its claims. Coke bottles its Dasani brand of bottled water and Nestle bottles its Pure Life brand of bottled water under similar labels, yet all have long been known to come from municipal sources, which adds up to most of the bottled water sold in America coming straight from the tap.

Corporate Accountability International – which works to challenge irresponsible and dangerous corporate actions around the world – has been pushing for this change for months with its nationwide “Think Outside the Bottle.”

Not only are Americans gullible enough to pay millions of dollars a year to drink something that they could draw right from their own tap, but bottled water is also extremely harmful to the environment, with more than 60 million empty plastic bottles thrown away each day and 20 million barrels of oil used each year to make the plastic bottles containing the water.

Bottled water has to be one of the biggest cons ever pulled on the American public, who for a number of reasons feel it is “tres chic” to carry around a name-brand bottle of water. Here is my suggestion – save several empty pop bottles or water bottles and fill them with tap water. Put them in the refrigerator to chill, and you will never know the difference. And the added benefit is that you save both money and the environment.


About Charlotte A. Weybright

I own a home in the historical West Central Neighborhood of Fort Wayne, Indiana. I have four grown sons and nine grandchildren - four grandsons and five granddaughters. I love to work on my home, and I enjoy crafts of all types. But, most of all, I enjoy being involved in political and community issues.
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  1. thinkin' says:

    If someone a few years back had seriously claimed that people would be buying tap water in small plastic bottles from vending machines and in six-paks and cases from stores and gas stations all over the country ,distributed by large companies in truckloads,they would be thought to be illogical at least and certainly not possibly correct.
    It just goes to show how seriously the common sense of much of the general population has been corrupted and suppressed . I hope that the irresponsibility it shows does NOT extend to important things that need careful intelligent consideration resulting in serious effects on our lives.

  2. Marsha Sortino says:

    When you live in the US and see that the water from tap has a sewer smell and you can see the tint of yellow in it, knowing that it is recycled so called brown water, you aren’t going to drink tap water no matter who tells you it is safe!!!

    • chris says:

      This is not true there can not be brown water used as drinking water but i do agree with you that some areas waters are not good they make many filters that will clean that up here is a little fun fact for you to
      • the total amount of energy embedded in our use of bottled water can be as high as the equivalent of filling a plastic bottle one quarter full with oil
      • It takes more water to produce that bottle than the bottle holds
      • It takes 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water
      • The production and transportation of bottled water contributes to greenhouse gas emissions
      • Even if the bottle is recycled, more energy is needed to reuse the plastic

  3. Marsha:

    Some parts of the country may not have good water. Here in Fort Wayne, when put to the taste test, our city water was favored by almost everyone who participated.

    I think to imply that in the US we don’t have good water is misleading. And as to recycling “brown water”, the uses that I have read about for that resource do not include drinking water.

    But the bottom line is that we, in the United States, have been wasteful with our water resources. We have also failed to protect our water resources in the proper manner.

    I think it is ridiculous to use hundreds of thousands of gallons of water on a golf course just so people can chase little white balls around. This is especially wasteful in the southwest and in Florida where water is at a premium.

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