As a kid, your parents are always telling you to drink more of it. In your 20s you down one between cocktails to stave off a hangover.
Americans now officially drink more bottled water than soda. It’s a shift that decades ago might have seemed unthinkable—that consumers would buy a packaged version of something they could get free from a tap.
Whether you drink it to quench your thirst or use it to wash your laundry, water is an indispensable part of our lives and our world.
It’s also an indispensable part of a healthy diet. That’s why more and more Americans are choosing to increase their water intake. In 2015, the average American drank 36.5 gallons of bottled water — a 7.9 percent increase over the previous year.
The bottled water industry continues to respond to the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan. This is a terrible situation that highlights the important and historic role that bottled water plays during emergencies and natural disasters.
People need to drink more water. The consumption of water, whether from the bottle or the tap, is a good thing, but banning or restricting access to bottled water on a college campus, while keeping available less healthy sodas and sports drinks, would prevent people from choosing the healthiest packaged beverage on the shelf.
One of the simplest things that a person can do when seeking to lead a healthier lifestyle is to drink water instead of other beverages that are heavy with sugar and calories. If someone wants to eliminate or moderate calories, sugar, caffeine, artificial flavors or colors, and other ingredients from their diet, choosing water is the right choice – whether from the tap, filtered, or in a bottle.
Some long-time bottled water critics are taking advantage of the recent voluntary product recall by one bottled water company in Pennsylvania by attempting to scare and confuse consumers. The fact is, consumers can remain confident about the safety and reliability of their bottled water.
Consumers are Choosing Bottled Water
Since 1998, approximately 73% of the growth in bottled water consumption has come from people switching from carbonated soft drinks, juices, and milk to bottled water. Consumers are choosing bottled water instead of less healthy packaged beverages.