Drink from the sink

Addie Ellison, Staff Writer

While my co-writer is talking about the benefits of bottled water and the faults of tap water, I would like the readers to remember the benefits to the true winner of this argument. Tap water is not to be degraded down to its “mineral taste” or its other unseen benefits. Tap water is superior due to its environmental issues and its convenience to the average American.

Tap water is not to be degraded down to its “mineral taste” or its other unseen benefits.”

— Staff Writer Addie Ellison

Environmental concern is a big factor in the superiority of tap water. Bottled water bottles are a major source of pollution in the ocean and in the air. Tap water provides a more environmentally friendly way to get a glass of water

According to Office H20, the water bottles that wash up into the ocean end up killing 1.1 million marine animals every year. The production of these bottles also contribute 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide into the air every year. Another environmental concern is the serious damage in landfills due to the 38 billion bottles laying in landfills all over the country. 

Tap water is better than bottled water for many reasons but one is the convenience. The number of bottles of water are limited in a household, but your sink is always available for a nice cold drink of water any time of day.

The average pack of water bottles costs about $3 dollars at your local Walmart. This specific pack has 24 single-use bottles in it. The average water bill in Georgia is about $29 a month, this includes drinking, bathing, and washing anything in your house. 

In the long run, it is a better investment for the average consumer’s wallet and the environment. ”

— Staff Writer Addie Ellison

When we compare these two types of water it is clear to see which has a better impact on the average consumer’s wallet. Spending an extra $3 every week just because someone prefers drinking bottled water is not the best option economically. If someone were to follow this plan for a full year, they would spend an extra $152 dollars and contribute 1,248 new plastic bottles into landfills annually. 

Another point that is often brought up is the minerals in tap water. There is an easy and more cost-efficient solution to this problem. Instead of buying bottled water, the purchase of a Brita Water filter could help a user be satisfied with the purity of the water they are drinking from their tap. 

An average-sized Brita Water filter purifies the water put in it for about $27 dollars on Amazon. This investment does not account for the changing of filters, but they only need to be changed every 40 gallons filtered. In the long run, it is a better investment for the average consumer’s wallet and the environment. 

Tap water is superior because it is better for the environment, and it is better for your wallet. There are ways to purify it to meet every person’s needs, so everyone needs to drink from the sink.