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Tap Water Or Bottled Water?

Should you purchase bottled water or refill a reusable bottle with water from the tap?

  • Cache Valley has clean mountain water coming out of our taps.  For more information on the quality of water in Logan, click here for Logan City's Water Quality Report. The surrounding cities in Cache Valley publish similar reports, contact your local city office for more information on your city's water.

Producing bottled water requires a lot of energy and water!  In 2006, the Pacific Institute found that:

  • Producing plastic bottles for use in America requires the equivalent of more than 17 million barrels of oil, which does not including the energy for transportation*
  • Bottling water produced more than 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide*
  • It takes almost a gallon of water to produce 0.2 gallons of bottled water*
  • Used water bottles contribute to waste, where Americans throw away 22 billion water bottles each year, over 60 million each day.** 

Why spend the extra money on bottled water?  Use the saved money and purchase a reusable water bottle or canteen!

You may have heard, reusable plastic can leach contaiments such as bisphenol-A (BPA), which is an estrogen-like chemical that is a
known endrocrine disrupter and can mimic hormones like estrogen.***  BPA is more likely to leach if the temperature of the liquid or food
rises***, e.g. if you heat your plastic contained drink or food in the microwave.  If you are concerned about BPA leaching, use plastic that
does not contain BPA, glass, or stainless steal canteens.

*Bottled Water and Energy. Retrieved August 19, 2008, from Pacific Institute: Web site: http://www.pacinst.org/topics/water_and_sustainability/bottled_water/bottle
**Ladd, C (2007). Crink: Bottled Water vs. Tap. Retrieved October 1, 2008, from Eating Well Web site: http://www.eatingwell.com/eat_drink/drink/bottled_water.html?utm_source=YahooBlog_News_091508
*** University of Cincinnati (2008, February 4). Plastic Bottles Release Potentially Harmful Chemicals (Bisphenol A) After Contact With Hot Liquids. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 20, 2008, from
http://www.sciencedaily.com­ /releases/2008/01/080130092108.htm