I've written on the scam of bottled water many times, but this column at Boston.com today, reminded me that it's never too early to write again.
Two years ago, the Earth Policy Institute estimated that each gallon of bottled water costs $10 a gallon to go from the groundwater to your lips. Each bottle of water kicks the environment twice, first with unnecessary plastic containers and then with the fuel that is burned to transport this heavy liquid load to your door, supermarket, or vending machine. The cost is currently four times the cost of a gallon of regular gasoline.
This sham is so ridiculous that the Government Accountability Office, which studied the issue for a House committee, reported this summer that the energy costs of delivering bottled water to a consumer in Los Angeles were 1,100 to 2,000 times more than the energy cost of tap water.
We all do stupid stuff. We all contribute to environmental degradation, often without even knowing that we're doing it. One easy and responsible action most of us can take is this: never buy bottled water again.