Peter Gleick with more reasons to stop drinking bottled water
World renowned water expert Peter Gleick has a new book – released in May 2010 – outlining the scientific evidence that bottled water use in the U.S. has become unsustainable
. The book is called Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind our Obsession with Bottled Water.
Peter Gleick: Twenty five years ago in the United States, each American probably drank a gallon of bottled water a year, on average. Today it’s up to 30.
Gleick told EarthSky that – every second in the U.S. – we consume about 1,000 bottles of water. He spoke of the tremendous amount of fuel burned in order to make and transport these bottles, most of which ultimately end up in a landfill.
Peter Gleick: We did an estimate at the Pacific Institute that if you calculate the energy requirement of making all of the bottles that are consumed in the United States in a year, it’s on the order of 17 or 18 million barrels of oil equivalent
He said that globally consumption of bottled water is about 40 billion gallons a year. But that’s not his biggest concern.
Peter Gleick: Probably my biggest concern is that I believe very strongly that water is a human right. There are a billion people worldwide today that don’t have access to safe, affordable
tap water. The solution is not bottled water. The solution is developing high quality public water systems that can provide inexpensive water for everyone.