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The world market for bottled water, estimated at $100 billion per year, is flourishing. In the United States, sales surpass those of beer, coffee, and milk, and are second only to soda. However, the most natural of all drinks is much less natural after it is packaged. To contain the world’s bottled water, 2.7 million tons of plastic are required. Manufacturing the bottles, packing and transporting the water (25% is drunk outside its country of origin) uses natural resources and energy and generates mountains of waste, since most plastic bottles are not recycled. In addition, up to 40% of bottled water is actually tap water, not spring water as it purports to be. A good filtration system is advisable if you are not happy with the quality of your water. Tap water is treated to be perfectly drinkable and its quality is usually rigorously checked. It can be as much as 10,000 times cheaper than bottled water too. Get a refillable bottle. You will save money and be kinder to the planet.