Skip to comments.A 280,000% Mark Up For... Water? A Look Inside The Bottled Water Industry
Posted on 10/20/2013 3:54:23 PM PDT by SamAdams76
Imagine there was a time when bottled water didn't exist in our catalog of popular commodities. Perhaps the trend started in 1976 when the chic French sparkling water, Perrier made its introduction. There it was seductively bottled in its emerald green glass amongst the era of disco and the spectacle of excesses... who could resist right?! What could be more decadent than to package, sell and consume what most consider (in the western world) a common human right easily supplied through a home faucet! Its absurd that the cost of designer water is at a "280,000% markup" to your tap water and it's reaching record heights in consumption....
Standards for tap water quality are much higher than bottled water, though in some communities where groundwater is very hard or soft, water from outside the area is a better drinking water.
Wow, conservatives agreeing with liberals. Disgusting!
Tap water in Florida sucks, period.
If your local tap water tastes horrible, like in the summer, then what else you gonna do?
It’s a crazy world where people will pay for water, air, dirt, sand, rocks, cow****, etc. When I was a kid, you didn’t have to pay for these things. They were free. Kind of like cellphones, healthcare, food and housing are now to certain people. It’s a backwards world.
Actually, Perrier isn’t just bottled water. It’s sparkling water with a delicious taste.
I speak from memory, because I can’t afford the stuff.
Otherwise, I agree; it’s pretty dumb to drink bottled water unless you’re really stuck somewhere where there’s nothing else that’s safe to drink.
FWIW, the cost of bottled water is basically the cost of packaging, distribution and shipping. Tap water as a utility, provides a common commodity in bulk at a least cost distribution level.
When everybody drinks bottled water, they cause the cost of water utilities to increase because they lower their service volumes, but the distribution system costs the same. The consequence will be higher taxes to maintain the fire mains and distribution systems, although the volumes are generally small compared to the distribution system flows.
I drink beer, cow juice and, sometimes, fruit juice. Tap water will suffice if the others aren’t available. I do not understand designer water.
Tap water in California is putrid. Yet it appears some Conservatives would like to keep us from buying something we want to buy cuz it’s GOOD!
This is an old German saying. Franklin reportedly also said: “beer is proof that god loves man.” I have not been able to verify this.
The tap water is probably great when it leaves the treatment plant. It amazes me that people still drink it after its been through miles and miles of pipes. In many cases those pipes are decades old and in some they are over 100 years old.
Here in Tampa they lose roughly 10% of the water to leaks in the pipes. What gets in through those holes?
Several years ago there was a small town where the water department screwed up and connected a sewer pipe to a water main. People couldn’t figure out what all the grit was in their water, clogging their pipes, coffee makers and so forth. Then there was the white stringy paper like stuff in the water as well.
We always keep bottled water on hand. It’s nice to grab one on the go and I don’t have to worry about washing reusable bottles. At home though all water goes through my Berkey first. Filling it I can smell chlorine in the water. Yuck!
Here between Ocala and Dunnellon we have a well with no filter. Water is pure and clean (test it yearly).
A water filter would be a lot cheaper.
That one is my favorite. They didn’t even hide the fact that people are naïve enough to pay for this crap.
I’ve went diving in several springs. Water tasted good coming out of the ground.
Wow, Franklin was 50 years ahead of his time! /s
We put a whole house filter in and a reverse osmosis filter for drinking and ice.
“Here in Tampa they lose roughly 10% of the water to leaks in the pipes. What gets in through those holes?”
Probably nothing, unless there’s a main break, and de-pressurization. The water leaking out is under pressure, and won’t allow anything to leak in.
one of the crookedest developers I ever met also owned an early series of bottled water brands.
Sure in theory or a lab. Now throw in random chance, varying water pressure, thousands and thousands of holes of varying types sizes and locations.
Of course there is the chlorine to kill it and the dilution to keep people from getting sick.
Memphis has some of the best water in the country. I never realized how good we had it, till my parents moved to Florida.
Nasty stuff that is down there. I used to hate to even shower in it,
Yeah. Not unreasonable points. Still, if the water leaking out is under pressure, nothing will leak in. And,,,, I don’t like Florida water! The company I operate has for deep Ohio wells. Great water!
I used to live in Evart Michigan where they bottle Mountain Spring. It used to crack me up to see people buying it at the store when they had it at home for free.
Tap water for me.
Tap water in California is putrid. Yet it appears some Conservatives would like to keep us from buying something we want to buy cuz its GOOD!
Much of CA is putrid. But I know of NO Conservative who is trying to “KEEP YOU” from buying anything legal that you want to buy! Most of us just marvel at how much money you waste on silly things.
Now I drink a bottle of carbonated water made from my soda stream with lemon extract. It is close. Not quite there but close enough for government work.
Articles like this have been coming out for 30 years. People still want to buy bottled water.
Nothing wrong with making money selling to people something that they want to buy. At a price they are willing to pay.
My frig has a built in filter that gets 92%+ of all organic chemicals, including the chlorine. Makes our less than tasty city water taste great. I fill my washable sport bottle every time I go out in the car.
Bottled water does have its uses, but I do not care for its plastic taste and use it only when expediency necessitates.
We have iron in our well water. Untreated it has that wonderful sulfur taste and smell. We put in an iron filter which completely gets rid of the sulfur but the water has a tad of a tang to it. I don’t mind it. Mrs NHD doesn’t especially like it. A simple filter on the tap might help but haven’t tried it yet. But, the water is wonderfully soft.
You seem to be having an over-the-top emotional hissy fit. You have an irrational hatred of CA ... a state my dad’s family has lived in since the mid-1800’s All farmers, my dad, his 8 brothers and two aunts who were nuns. All life-long conservatives. I know you would hate us given your off the hook uncalled for fear.
Free Republic is also in the state you hate. I notice people who hate CA never list their home state, Chicken much?
Bottled water here is very cheap. My favorite is Arrowhead. Almost all stores have it on sale at around $2.40 for 24 bottles. If you spend some time you can really get the price down though if you look for store brands. It beats drinking tap water which varies from neighborhood to neighborhood.
I can vouch for the Brita water filter. It’s a jug with a $10 filter available everywhere including grocery stores.
We drank (& cooked) with nothing but distilled water till we got an RO.
LOL @ Johnny You’re right! & I thought Perrier came in a blue bottle.
I agree. My siblings suck down bottles of very expensive water like there's no tomorrow. After hosting the annual nuclear family reunion, I find half-empty bottles of water around the house for days.
Isn't it fascinating what consumers choose to spend their money on?
Agree..that’s why we have a Brita...
SO basically.. you drink flavored water ;)
I bought some pure spring water years ago. On the back the label said....SOURCE: City of Phoenix municipal water supply.
don’t want it? then don’t buy it and don’t drink it.
I run my tap water through a PUR filter. My fridge has a filter in it and Sears sends a new filter every year for it.
No, I don’t trust city water.
By contrast, my hometown tap water was potable—barely. It is slightly yellowish (there is a visible difference in colour between the top and bottom of a Brita jug), and tastes like it was served in a dirty flowerpot.
“If your local tap water tastes horrible, like in the summer, then what else you gonna do?”
I run mine through a full coffee filter.
nothing...the water inside the pipe is under considerable pressure.
“nothing...the water inside the pipe is under considerable pressure.”
until its not
You could get a filter for your kitchen tap and get the same result for 1% of the cost, but hey, its Colleyfornia, knock yerself out.