There may be another set back for bottled water companies and ultimately the people who use them. We all have seen the news about the environmental and health issues of using plastic bottled water, now the government is trying to step in to reduce our consumption of plastic bottled water use.
On October 23, 2009 a federal judge lifted an injunction on an expansion of the state’s bottle bill in New York. Until now certain states such as New York, Michigan, and others have required a deposit on all bottles of drinks sold in stores. Now in the state of New York starting October 31st 2009 nickel deposits will be imposed on bottled water. All containers of water under a gallon will have a 5-cent refundable deposit, as beer and soda containers have had for years. Supporters of this law claim that new deposits would result in more recycling and less litter.
What does this mean for your wallet? Well as we know there are considerable cost savings and health benefits using stainless steel water bottles. If you continue to use bottled water, a trade group representing groceries, has said the expansion will increase the cost of a 24-pack of bottled water by $2.00. We would like to encourage you to save money and be more eco-friendly make use of reusable water bottles such as the Klean Kanteen .
In many cases we are very fortunate in this country, that our government has implemented many policies that help protect our health. We have the FDA that helps monitor food and drugs, and we have the EPA that helps monitor environmental issues including water quality.
Obviously drinking water is essential to life and can be debated as one of our most important natural resources. Water that enters homes, restaurants, business, and other public places all are monitored and test on a regular bases. Now theses agencies are looking to add to this list, and start testing and monitoring drinking water on US airlines.
Starting now new rules are being put in place and U.S. airlines must regularly test, monitor, and cleanse drinking water systems that are on aircraft. These new rules are being implemented because tests five years ago found some failed to meet quality standards. The new rules will give airline companies two years to meet requirements such as routine disinfection and flushing of drinking water systems.
In 2004 officials tested the water quality from galleys and lavatories on planes. The water quality tests were conducted on 327 airplanes at 19 airports in 2004. The results found total coliform bacteria in 15 percent of the jets, an indicator that other disease-causing organisms may have been in the water too.
Many times we are critical of our government. This is one instance where we should be thankful that there is an entity looking out for our health, and have implemented measures to help protect the safety of citizens.
An alarming new report is out that the drinking water inside of your child’s school could be potentially very harmful to their health. In this new report, it points out that there are thousands of public schools whose drinking water across the country has been found to contain unsafe levels of lead, pesticides and dozens of other toxins.
The problem itself is a great concern but what officials currently are suggesting to do replaces one problem with another. To simple replace a child’s drinking water with plastic bottled water carrier is own inherent risks. These risks include leaching BPA and other possible toxins into the water. Then on the environmental front, Approximately 1,500 water bottles end up as garbage every second! Lastly if you assume the average cost of 1 bottle of water is $1, multiply that by the average school days in a year and that comes to a cost of $180 a year per child. Contrast that with the cost of a stainless steel water bottle such as a Klean Kanteen at $15 and the cost savings, health benefits, and environmental impact is huge! For more information about this subject please visit the following resource links.