A right to clean water is something that people in the west have rightfully come to take for granted. Perhaps for this very reason, studies by NRDC have found that tap water is more regulated in the United States and Europe than bottled water is. In fact as much as a third of the bottled water sold in shops is tap water, though the labels on these bottles will invariably display some image of pristine nature or have some word like “pure” in the title.
This kind of marketing can not only be very misleading, but also very costly for the environment, as all the plastic waste produced by these water bottles accumulates in land fills or turns into toxic gas. To study the issue further, please take a look at this video:
Even if you are in the minority of people that is discerning about the kind of bottled water they buy, you cannot deny that in the long run getting our tap water supply from clean rivers and bodies of water for nearly nothing is a better solution than taking something we all consider to be a basic human right, and selling it for a profit to those who can pay.