Water comment correction

Okay, I need to correct something I said in my previous post about bottled water.  As Trebor pointed out, the water coming out of your taps is not free.  There is a cost associated with public water.  The point I was trying to make was how much cheaper it is than bottled water.  For example, at my local corner store it is not unusual to pay $2 for a 500 ml bottle of water.  In contrast, $2 on your home’s water bill will get you a cubic metre of water.  What’s the difference?  Bottled water cost 2,000 times more! So cheap that it almost feels like it is free in comparison.

However, the point that Trebor makes is an important one and one that the video The Story of Bottled Water makes as well.  Keeping our public water systems safe and secure costs money.  Bottled water companies, by encouraging our reliance on their product, threatens to reduce our attention to publicly accessed water.  It is estimated that the United States will need to spend $250 billion over the next 30 years to repair and maintain existing public water systems.  In the meantime, U.S. citizens spend $11 billion on bottled water annually.

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