When you think of a gym and wellness center, you likely imagine a facility full of exercise equipment, resistance-training machines and sweaty people. You may get thirsty and reach for a water bottle just thinking of those images, but in one New Jersey town, you won’t be able to grab a plastic container if you’re at its local gym.
In 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) implemented a plan to increase its knowledge about how it can influence conservation of several natural resources. The project was surrounded by the concept of sustainability, and was meant to foster an environment that is healthy, productive, cleaner and less polluted and fully stable. Safe and Sustainable water resources were among the most widely discussed topics.
The future of groundwater in the United States is uncertain. With farmers drilling deeper to water their crops more effectively, bottled water factories depleting water levels in certain areas, local rivers withering away and various manufacturing companies wasting valuable water resources for production purchases, the future does not look so good.
The water that settles underneath the soil and rock accounts for approximately 40 percent of the drinking and agricultural water supply in the nation, reports Food & Water Watch. When organizations tap into these supplies and use them without restraint, the effects are felt nationwide.
Americans may be blissfully unaware, but they most certainly have bisphenol-A (BPA) in their bloodstreams. In fact, nine out of ten Americans do, according to a 2009 government study. The chemical is a compound used to make the plastic that lines the inside of food and beverage containers including bottled water. Unfortunately, it does not bind to the containers for long and seeps into the body, affecting various organs and causing numerous health ailments. What’s more, studies have found BPA in breast milk and amniotic fluid in the umbilical cord, so pregnant women who drink water from plastic containers are harming their unborn children.
In the United States, many consumers take water for granted. People have regular access to clean drinking water, and many employers install jug water coolers in the workplace to keep employees hydrated. However, with water a forgotten luxury in the minds of many Americans, it often gets wasted on a daily basis.
Recently, Saguaro National Park banned the sale of disposable bottled water and soda in vending machines on the premises, The Tucson Citizen reports. The park system joins a growing list of national preserves and universities making it a point to eliminate the sale of plastic bottles on site.
The Ivy League institutes in the United States have long been considered superior education systems. Today’s leaders are thought to come from these programs and make significant impacts in society. It is no wonder that schools like Brown University, Harvard University and Dartmouth College have all made strides to reduce their dependencies on disposable bottled water.
Many major metropolitan areas around the United States have begun to take a deeper look into their water infrastructures to determine if tap water is meeting the health demands made by consumers. Recently, Calgon Carbon Corporation (CCC) signed a 10-year contract with the City of Phoenix, Arizona, to provide reactivation services for activated carbon used to treat the city’s drinking water.
In the United States, consumers spend an inordinate amount of money on bottled water. Many people believe the liquid held in these disposable plastic bottles is better for their health, and business owners are under the same impression when they install jug water coolers in the workplace. Unfortunately, the water that is sold in plastic bottles is marked-up tap water, and the plastics used to create the disposable containers are too often made with bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical linked in numerous life-threatening diseases.