Facts

Cost:

Bottled water is a $12 billion per year business Business Week, January 30, 2009
Americans will spend $16 billion this year on bottled water Fast Company, December, 2007
US consumers gulped 8.9 billion gallons of bottled water in 2008 (a 2.3% increase from the previous year) Business Week, January 30, 2009
Americans drink a billion bottles of water a week Fast Company, December, 2007
Bottled water costs two or three or four times the cost of gasoline Fast Company, December, 2007
In 1976 the average American drank 1.6 gallons of bottled water per year, in 2007 we each drank 28.3 gallons of bottled water Fast Company, December, 2007
If the water we use at home cost what even cheap bottled water costs, our monthly water bills would run $9,000 Fast Company, December, 2007
Consumers spend a collective $100 billion every year on bottled water (worldwide figure, I believe) Earth Policy Institute, February 2006
At up to $2.50 per liter ($10 per gallon), bottled water costs more than gasoline in the US Earth Policy Institute, February 2006
Bottled water can cost up to 10,000 times more per gallon than tap water Union of Concerned Scientists/Treehugger.com, July, 2007

Environnement

In 2007, the manufacture of plastic water bottles generated more than 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions and required the equivalent of more than 17 million barrels of oil Huffington Post, March, 2009
Bottled water is up to 2000 times more energy-intensive than tap water Pacific Institute, Environmental Research Letters, February, 2009
The annual consumption of bottled water in the U.S. in 2007 required the equivalent of between 32 and 54 million barrels of oil Pacific Institute, Environmental Research Letters, February,2009
Manufacturing the 28.6 billion PET water bottles in the United States takes the equivalent of 17.6 million barrels of oil Take Back The Tap
Many plastic bottles of all types and sizes will be incinerated, which releases toxic byproducts such as chlorine gas and ash laden with heavy metals Take Back The Tap
Americans go through 50 billion plastic bottles/year, about 167 for each person Fast Company, December, 2007
Only 23% of PET is recycled, so we pitch into landfills 38 billion water bottles a year In excess of $1 billion worth of plastic
About 86 percent of empty plastic water bottles in the United States land in the garbage instead of being recycled. That amounts to about two million tons of PET plastic bottles piling up in U.S.landfills each year Take Back The Tap
86% of plastic water bottles used in the US become garbage or litter Container RecyclingInstitute, February, 2006
Of the bottles deposited for recycling in 2004, the US exported roughly 40% to destinations as far away as China - meaning that even more fossil fuels were burned in the process Container Recycling Institute, February, 2006
"In 2008 drinkers of bottled water are the new smokers."
Buried water bottles can take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade Carbon Conscience Consumer
It takes nearly 7 times as much water to make the bottled water bottle than it holds Pablo Päster, MBA, Sustainability Engineer, AskPablo.org, February, 2007
24% of the bottled water we buy is tap water repackaged by Coke and Pepsi Fast Company, December, 2007
At least 40 percent of bottled water is just tap water ! Carbon Conscience Consumer
Coke and Pepsi put the local water through an energy-intensive reverse-osmosis filtration process more potent than that used to turn seawater into drinking water Fast Company, December, 2007
Worldwide, bottled water consumption surged to 154 billion liters (41 billion gallons) in 2004, up 57% from 98 billion liters in 1999 Earth Policy Institute, February 2006
Making bottles to meet Americans' demand for bottled water requires more than 1.5 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel some 100,000 cars for a year Earth Policy Institute, February 2006
Each water bottle is one-quarter oil Mother Jones, February, 2009

Health

The Environmental Protection Agency had found that 90 percent of tap water domestically is safe to drink Carbon Conscience Consumer
A disturbing proportion of the bottled water brands tested contained significant contamination. Of 103 brands surveyed, 22 percent contained chemical contaminants that, if consumed over a long period of time, could cause cancer or other health problems National Resources Defense Council, May 2000
And, for those aluminum bottles whose linings are made with epoxy, there's also a dirty little secret: it most likely contains BPA. According to Dr. John Rost, chairman of the North American Metal Packaging Alliance, all epoxies worldwide utilize BPA as a monomyer to manufacture the final product. SNEWS® asked Rost if there was any such thing as an epoxy liner, even water-based, that did not contain BPA and he stated unequivocally no. While other coatings are being evaluated as a replacement for epoxy, none yet, he stated, can match the high performance and food safety of an epoxy. Still, Rost asserted that stringent testing by numerous agencies have proven that BPA does not leach from epoxy liners in any quantity that would remotely be deemed as unsafe, with most canned goods (yes, most of the cans on your kitchen shelf are lined with epoxy too) show SNEWS, February, 2009
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s standards for tap water are more stringent than the Food and Drug Administration’s standards for bottled water Union of Concerned Scientists/Treehugger.com, July, 2007
Drinking water from bottle made out of PET or poyethelene terephtalate plastic may prove to be dangerous to the health. They have stated that this type of plastic may contain estrogen-like compounds which may leach into the water and possibly create hazards to the health Goethe University, Frankfurt