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Municipal water systems must meet strict requirements set by EPA under the Safe Drinking Water Act; bottled water falls under less proscriptive regulations promulgated by the FDA under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
Bottled water is responsible for more than 200 times the greenhouse gas emissions of tap water over a full life cycle, which includes water extraction, treatment, bottling, and distribution. (Source: Swiss Gas and Water Association)
Plastic water bottles account for more than two million tons of trash sent to US landfills each year. That’s 1 billion dollars worth of plastic (Source: Earth Policy Institute)
In 2007, Americans spent over 12 billion dollars on bottled water. Furthermore, bottled water corporations benefit from the commoditization of a common resource; extraction can adversely impact the water supplies of nearby communities. (Source: International Bottled Water Association)
Check out the Green Team's "water map" to find out where you can find tap water.
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