Last week, the Tallahassee Democrat posted a rebuttal to Andy Opel’s opinion about the dangers of bottled water (read Previous Blog Post). This opinion was written by Meg Andronaco. She is a professional geologist and a natural resource manager for Nestle Waters North America.
Here is an excerpt:
…Bottled-water manufacturers are water users like all others. The aquifer doesn’t know the difference between water that is withdrawn for bottling versus water used for washing cars, watering lawns, flushing toilets or making tires.
Water-bottling companies may be very visible users of water, but actually take only a small amount of the resource in comparison to many other industries. In fact, the entire spring-water industry in Florida uses an average of just more than 2 million gallons per day. By contrast, golf courses in Florida use more than 180 million gallons of groundwater per day. In Tampa alone, more than 5 million gallons per day are used to water lawns…
…However, in terms of efficiency, our company requires only about 1.3 gallons of water to produce a gallon of bottled water. It takes about three gallons of water to produce a gallon of soda; 42 gallons of water to produce a gallon of beer.
By the way, there is far more soda produced and consumed in this country than bottled water, but Opel apparently isn’t outraged by the plastic packaging and transportation associated with soft drinks. That is ironic because Nestle Waters has reduced by 40 percent the amount of plastic that is used in our most popular sized bottles. (Compare the density of a soda bottle to a water bottle.)…
….Opel completely misses the mark on his economic arguments. Comparing the cost of bottled water to that of tap water is analogous to comparing the cost of electricity from a battery to power from an outlet in your home. It’s incongruous because they are produced differently and used for different purposes.
Also, Opel’s math implies that there is no cost to bottle or distribute the product, only profit. In fact, there are significant costs associated with manufacturing and distribution that must be factored in before determining profit…
…The bottom line is this: Nestle Waters provides good jobs in a clean industry producing a beverage that is healthy, refreshing and becoming increasingly popular among consumers. For more information, visit www.nestle-watersna.com.
42 gallons of water to make a gallon beer. I am sorry. I still love my beer. What do you all think? Read the whole Article