It is estimated the bottled water industry is a $7.7 billion a year business in the United States alone. Many Americans are willing to pay 240 to 10,000 times more for bottled water than they do for tap water.
A person drinking the recommended 8 glasses of water a day could spend up to $1,400 in one year for bottled water. That same amount of tap water would cost around 50 cents.
Bottled water at a cost of $1 to $2 for a 20-ounce bottle, in most instances, is more expensive than gasoline. The majority of this extra cost is associated with packaging and transporting the finished product. Bottling and shipping water is the least efficient and most expensive method of water delivery, and our wallet isn’t the only thing suffering from the “bottled water syndrome”. It is reeking havoc on the environment as well.