Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Bottle or tap?

Apparently the City of New York is trying to persuade its people to give up bottled drinks and consume tap water instead to help protect the environment.

It has launched an advertising campaign to promote the cause, with local restaurants encouraged to join in.

City officials say their campaign will save people money, and reduce waste.

According to environmental groups, four out of five plastic water bottles end up on landfill sites and the production process contributes to global warming.

The distribution process sometimes involves shipping water halfway around the world.

Here in Spain most people only drink bottled water. Millions of bottles must be sold each week in shops and supermarkets throughout the country, particularly in Summer. Apart from the plastic waste there are the transport costs to consider.

Would it hurt to drink the tap water? 

2 comments:

Pete said...

According to this report (albeit nearly ten years old) it seems that it probably wouldn't hurt to drink the tap water.

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/water/water-drink/pdf/report96_98.pdf

In fact water quality around Europe generally is probably a lot better than we realise. I just love Liverpool's water though. It tastes nice.

µßio said...

In Torrevieja of course. Tap water is poissonous (?) untill a new desalted water plant start its production.
Drink bottled water in Torrevieja my friend, untill next year.