Tap Water vs. Bottled Water: Olympic Attendees Are Encouraged to Make a Choice

by wfnblog on February 18, 2010

As the thousands of attendees continue to pour into Vancouver and the surrounding areas for the Winter Olympics, they are finding that the city is promoting the use of tap water over bottled water, according to a CBC report published in Circle of Blue Water News. The move is part of a larger effort aimed at reducing bottled water consumption by 20 percent by year’s end, the report said.

Efforts like this seem to be gaining steam around the world—encouraging residents and tourists to drink tap water as opposed to bottled water. The reason? Probably too many to name, but here are a few.

The last several years have witnessed numerous studies that found that tap water tasted better than bottled water—at least according to those in the studies. The assumption has always been that bottled water was a better tasting product but that assumption has been severely challenged lately.

Another reason centers on the actual bottles used for bottled water. Even though many of these bottles can be recycled, many people don’t recycle them and it also costs a fair amount of money to produce them, thus increasing the environmental impact of bottled water manufacturing.

Finally, tap water comes…well…right out of the tap. The manufacture of bottled water is a process that some argue is much less efficient and more costly than simply turning on the tap. If that’s the case, tap water would again be much more environmentally feasible and sustainable.

Efforts like those in Vancouver will probably only increase in the coming years, as the bottled water industry faces more criticism and efforts at sustainability become more vigilant.

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