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How Much Does Bottled Water Cost Your Household?
During the economic uncertainty surrounding the current pandemic, many people are looking for ways to cut their monthly expenses. One of the ways to do this is by looking at how much they are spending on their drinking water each month. If you’ve been asking yourself, “how much does bottled water cost?”, you may be surprised by the answer.

How Much Does a Gallon of Bottled Water Cost?
According to the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), the average price per gallon of bottled water was $1.11 in the most recent year published. That’s about $405.15 a year. This number may sound lower than what you pay for a 16oz bottled water, even if you buy it in bulk at the grocery store. That’s because it includes bottled water from all sources, including a 5-gallon water delivery service, and it’s a nationwide average.

Other estimates for how much is a bottle of water, or how much is a case of water, vary greatly due to regional variations, as well as price variations between brands and retailers. A survey of popular brands sold on Amazon done by The Balance found that the average cost of a 16.9-ounce plastic water bottle was around $0.70, which is $1,022 a year if you drink 4 water bottles a day.

How Much is a Gallon of Tap Water?
The cost of bottled water may sound small, but let’s consider how inexpensive a gallon of tap water is. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that the average cost of 1,000 gallons of tap water from a municipal supplier was $1.50 for 1,000 gallons.

The one issue is, tap water is not nearly as great as the pristine results of filtered water in a water bottle. What’s the easy fix for this? A reverse osmosis filtration system. A RO filter can produce 30 to 400 gallons a day of clean, purified water that’s freshly ready for you to drink at the ease of your sink. Giving you drinking water at the inexpensive cost of tap water but great quality like bottled water (if not better).

Average Annual Bottled Water Cost
Let’s take a moment to add up how much bottled water would cost throughout the year, since that tends to provide a clearer picture of the total costs of drinking water. Here we’re going to assume that the average male requires 100 ounces of drinking water per day, and the average female requires 73 ounces per day. We’ll also assume that they are getting all of that water from bottled water.

If bottled water is about $0.04 per ounce, the average person would spend about $3.50 each day and $1,460 annually.
There’s a large gap between these two estimates, and most people’s bottled water costs probably fall somewhere between them. What is important to note is how quickly the cost of bottled water adds up, even if it may seem like a value relative to other brands of bottled water.

Determining Your Own Water Costs
The most accurate way to determine how much your household is spending on bottled water. First add the total cost of your bottled water for a week, then multiply it by 52. That will give you the best idea of how much bottled water is costing your household.

Cutting Your Drinking Water Costs
The most effective way to cut down how much you are spending on drinking water is to eliminate bottled water entirely. Installing a drinking water filtration system, such as a reverse-osmosis system under your sink, offers the ability to have gallons of on-demand drinking water at a fraction of the cost of bottled water.

The fact is, much of the bottled water sold today is actually municipal water that has undergone some type of additional treatment. You can do the same thing at a fraction of the cost with a reverse osmosis system. RO systems remove contaminants and impurities that cause your water to have a poor taste and odor, as well as contaminants that may pose a health risk.

Installing your own drinking water filtration system gives you greater control over how your water is treated, while significantly lowering the cost of your drinking water. Plus with a reverse osmosis filtration system, it’s clean and purified water guaranteed.

The cost breakdown of a reverse osmosis filtration system is .0002 cents per oz compared to .04 cents an oz like a bottle of water (that’s 200x cheaper!).

While many people prefer the taste of bottled water over tap water, what they may not realize is that their bottled water comes at a premium hundreds or even thousands of times higher than the equivalent cost of tap water. Daily consumption of tap water as the primary drinking water source costs around $1.00 for males and slightly less for females on average throughout the United States. In contrast, even the lowest estimates for the average cost of bottled water make it hundreds of times more expensive. Also, the water cost compares small to the environmental impact of plastic waste from bottled water consumption.

Save Costs on Water: Install a Water Filtration System in Your Home
If you are looking for a way to cut costs but still have a great drinking water taste, consider installing a residential reverse osmosis drinking water system. Our drinking water filtration system uses the process of reverse osmosis to provide you with the best water supply. It’ll be a nice walk to your kitchen sink where you can fill your reusable water bottle with premium filtered tap water and not worry about wasting plastic or costing your wallet.

Please contact us today at The Free Plumbers so that our water quality experts can help you find the best water system treatment option for your home or business.

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Signs you need a water filtration system

We believe that every family deserves to have clean, safe water for drinking and bathing. Most municipal water supplies in our area provide water that is too hard and contains excessive amounts of chlorine and chloramines. This hard water can have serious effects on your health and on your plumbing system.

If you notice any of the following signs, you should consider a water filtration system:

  • Your water smells or tastes like chlorine or other chemicals.
  • Your valves, pipes and other water fixtures are showing signs of corrosion or hard water scale.
  • You are concerned about the waste from plastic water bottles (and you'd rather drink and bathe in clean, pure water).
  • You want the cleanest water for your family and pets.

If you’re concerned about contaminants in the tap water you drink every day, you’re not alone. We all deserve to know what we’ll be putting in our bodies when we turn on the tap. This is one of the reasons why EWG created its Tap Water Database in the first place. See what's in your city's drinking and bathing water here.

If you want safer water for yourself and your family, bottled water isn’t the solution – not for your pocketbook, not for your health and certainly not for our planet. Your best option for cleaner, healthier drinking water on the go is filtered tap water and a reusable glass or stainless steel container. As we say, know your water, pick the best filter and choose a BPA-free container.

Here are six reasons to choose filtered water over bottled.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, tap water costs about $.002 per gallon1 – that's two-tenths of a penny – whereas a liter of water from the cooler in your local convenience store costs about a dollar before tax. That means you’re paying about 2,000 times more for bottled water. Nonetheless, Americans drank 12.8 billion gallons of bottled water in 2020, an increase of nearly 9 percent over 2019, according to the Beverage Marketing Corporation. There are much better things you could spend your money on than water in bottles – perhaps even a nice reverse osmosis water filter.

Laboratory testing by EWG has found all sorts of nasty stuff in popular brands of bottled water – disinfection byproducts, industrial chemicals, prescription drugs and even bacteria. And unlike your local tap water utilities, which are required to test for contaminants each year and disclose the results to the public, the bottled water industry can hide the test results. Knowledge is power, and with bottled water you’ll likely know nothing about what you're drinking.

It’s bad enough that the bottled water you’re drinking might be contaminated. But the bottle itself could be adding to the problem. An EWG investigation found that PET plastics – the kind used to make plastic water bottles and marked with a “1” on the bottom – can contain dozens of chemical additives, manufacturing impurities and breakdown byproducts. That’s more than 80 additional contaminants that could be leaching into your water. So get a reusable glass or stainless steel bottle, and fill it with filtered tap water.

EPA statistics show that less than 32 percent of PET plastic bottles and jars were recycled in 2014. That means the other 68 percent was left to clog landfills, harm wildlife and pollute waterways. In fact, the marine conservation organization Oceana estimates that up to 20 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans each year, with some collecting to form huge, free-floating landfills like the Pacific Garbage Patch, which is estimated to be about the size of Texas.

Trash isn’t the only environmental problem caused by water bottles. Analysis by the Pacific Institute, a global water think tank, found that it takes up to 2,000 times more energy to produce bottled water than tap water. It takes energy to make the bottles, fill them with water and ship them to your local convenience store – sometimes over great distances. In extreme circumstances, bottled water might be the best bet. Residents of Flint, Mich., for example, are relying on bottled water until their tap water is safe again. But for almost everyone else, filtered tap water is the clear winner.

You’ll save money on plumbing repairs because filtered water won’t cause as much wear and tear on your pipes.

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We're available 8 am to 6 pm, Monday - Friday, or you can take advantage of our 24/7 emergency repair service any time!

If you're looking for a reliable plumber who offers dependable service, The Free Plumbers are always ready to assist you!

If you're looking for an EXPERT PASADENA PLUMBER, call us at 626-394-9641