I recently started drinking bottled water, and now it’s my favorite drink. Previously, I was drinking several diet sodas a day and little to no water. Now, I prefer to have a drink without flavoring, except maybe when I am at a restaurant.
Some might wonder why I don’t just drink tap water. The fact is that, without bottled water, I probably wouldn’t be drinking water at all, because I wouldn’t be craving it.
I don’t agree with the American Enterprise Institute on many things, but here is a good observation on the unintended consequences of banning bottled water:
Wow, nothing worked out as expected by the college administrators at the University of Vermont: a) the per capita number of bottles shipped to the University of Vermont increased significantly following the bottled water ban, and b) students, faculty and staff increased their consumption of less healthy bottled beverages following the bottled water ban. Another great example of the Law of Unintended Consequences. And the bottled water ban was not costless – the university paid to modify 68 drinking fountains, they paid for a publicity campaign, and they paid for lots of “free” reusable water bottles; and what they got was more plastic bottles on campus of less healthy beverages!
Who'd a-thunk it? Unintended consequences from a bottled water ban on a college campus? - AEI
Whether it’s from a mountain spring or purified by reverse osmosis, I love bottled water. It’s not just me, bottled water is now America’s favorite drink:
Bottled water is also better for the environment, since it requires less energy, less packaging, and less water to produce than soda.