Saturday, September 8, 2012
Real Cost of Bottled Water
Bottled Water: wholesale price/gallon in 2011: $1.21 (http://www.bottledwater.org/economics/real-cost-of-bottled-water )
Poland Springs home delivery: $1.93/gallon (http://www.polandspring.com/#/home ).
Crystal Springs home delivery: $1.20/gallon (http://www.water.com/shopping/budget-plan-select-quantity.jsf ).
"I decided to do a little math to see exactly how much the cost of bottled water purchased on the street compares to what comes out of the tap in New York City. By my calculations, filling a 16.9-ounce bottle with genuine NYC tap water costs about 1.3 tenths of a cent, compared to $1 to buy bottled water (95 cents if you return the bottle for the deposit, which, based on the number of bottles I see in the city's trash bins, not many people do.) If you were to refill a 16.9-ounce bottle with city tap water every day for a year, you'd pay 48 cents. Let me repeat that: That's 48 cents for the entire year! (Okay, it might be a little higher if you run the water until it gets cold.) In comparison, buy a $1 bottle of water every day, and you'd pay $346, sans the deposit. That's more than 700 times the cost of tap...."
--Anthony Giorgianni, July 12, 2011, http://news.consumerreports.org/money/2011/07/a-dollar-for-a-bottle-of-water-what-would-martians-think.html
Photos by Anthony F. Chiffolo