Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on April 20, 2012, his support for projects that will improve water and wastewater services in the United States. There would be approximately 54 improvement programs across 33 states through these efforts, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development plans to revamp the faltering water infrastructure in the nation. Continue reading
The amount of time people spend working increases annually. Americans employed in private nonfarm industries spend approximately 34.5 hours a week in the workplace with 3.4 additional hours in overtime, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, and with the economy on the rebound, workers may devote even more time to getting essential projects done as fast as possible. However, in order for a corporation to capitalize on the efforts of its workers, it needs to provide a clean water source. Staying hydrated is paramount for efficiency, and without the proper filtered water delivery system, employees may falter under pressure.
Consumers may not think about how companies fill the bottled water they enjoy. They enter the local supermarkets, file down aisles, fumble through coolers and grab eye-catching brands to drink. The label says its purified spring water, nature scenes are placed cleverly on the bottles and its cold to the touch, making it easier for people hydrate on the spot. However, the costs and environmental impacts associated with the purchasing and producing of disposable water bottles and plastic jugs for water coolers are excessive.
Hydraulic Fracturing – or fracking – is the process of injecting water, chemicals and sand into shale rock to release natural gas. There are numerous negative consequences of fracking near communities, as the process produces a toxic wastewater that cannot be treated by standard water sanitation facilities. In fact, people who live in areas where fracking occur may be consuming toxic water straight from their faucets.
Businesses that operate in small communities can make a big environmental impact by removing their wasteful jug water coolers in favor of more sustainable water dispensers. The bottled water industry has invaded many aspects of daily life, boosting their marketing efforts to increase disposable bottled water and jug water cooler sales. However, many consumers are unaware of the negative impacts these products have on communities and the planet.
Many Americans do not appreciate the value of clean, refreshing tap water. In third-world countries, people have to travel for miles to find pure water to drink, and even then the supply is limited.
In 2009, Americans spent $10.6 billion on bottled water – up to 1,000 times the cost of tap water, reports Food & Water Watch. What’s more, almost half of all bottled water (48.7 percent) came from municipal tap water supplies that same year.
Business owners who manage gym facilities may believe they’re proactively keeping their customers safe by offering bottled water in-house, but they’re actually doing a disservice to the planet and the people exercising.
Bottled water wastes an enormous amount of fossil fuels during production and transport. In fact, bottled water production in the United States used 32 million barrels of oil to produce plastic bottles, and 54 million barrels of oil to transport those bottles in 2007 – enough to fuel about 1.5 million cars for a year, reports Food & Water Watch.