Upper District’s Water Filling Station pilot program involves the installation of water bottle filling stations at designated public facilities located within Upper District’s service area that receive high pedestrian traffic or provide recreational activity. The program provides accessibility to tap water, highlighting the quality of tap water while providing an alternative to obtaining water in one-time use plastic bottles. The production, packaging, and transportation of one-time use plastic bottles is both water and energy intensive creating a long-term negative impact on the environment.
Benefits of Tap Water
Tap water is inexpensive. It costs about a penny a gallon in most communities and using it can save you money and help protect the environment. There are many reasons to choose tap water over bottled water. Here are a few of them:
- Tap water is regulated for safety. Tap water is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and must meet stringent quality requirements. Water treatment plants that provide tap water must be tested multiple times per day, and every water provider in the country is required to provide consumers with detailed water quality reports to assure its compliance with EPA standards.
- Use of refillable bottles, stainless steel or plastic, will be a valuable “lesson” for kids and set them on a path towards responsible environmental practices. You’ll be putting more than a reusable bottle in their backpack – you’ll be inspiring the next generation of environmentally conscious consumers.
Impact of Single-Use Plastic Bottles
The resources required to produce the plastic bottles and to deliver filled bottles to consumers, including both energy and water, is substantial. The Pacific Institute determined that the production of water bottles for American water bottle consumption in 2006 alone:
- Took 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water.
- Required more than 17 million barrels of oil, not including the energy for transportation.
- Produced more than 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide.