ESTABLISHMENT OF POLLUTION STANDARDS IN BOTTLED WATER 4
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Waterconsumption is a basic requirement to all human beings as far as bodymetabolism is concerned. In United State of America, majority of thepopulation choose to consume bottled water due to its purity andhygiene. This water is also easy to store as well as to transport.Due these large numbers of bottles discarded after use, pollutionstandards should be estatablished in bottled water (Dege,2011).
Inthis context, demand for bottled water has gone high. In 2006, thewater consumption in United States of America went high to 26.7gallons this was a 95% rise from 8.6 gallons in 2005. Alongside therise in water consumption, American citizen proved to prefer bottledwater over beverages. Companies trading with bottled water recorded a26.7% rise over the beverages sold at that sample time. On the otherhand, bottled water has got regulations from International BottleWater Association (IBWA). Its guaranteed safety and purity arestandards ensured by this body (Gleick,2010).
Thiseventually improves confidence to the general public to consume thebottled water. Statistics have proved that bottled water comes frompurified sources. Tap water comes from unreliable source of puritylike rives or lakes. This generally describes the reason behind highdemand. In this context, America experienced a wide rangeenvironmental pollution from the manufacturing and transportation ofbottled water (Dege,2011).
Bottledwater has got its own share of environmental pollution. Withincreased consumption, increased production resulted. In 1976,America statistics shown that large amount of oil barrels were usedin production and transportation of bottled water to the consumers.Carbon monoxide from these companies polluted the environment. Aboveall, plastic bottles take years to decompose. This is associated withrelease of chemical substances like chorine and ash into theatmosphere (Gleick,2010).
Conclusively,pollution standards establishment in bottled water is inevitable.Organisations and bodies concerned should produce guidelines so as toprotect environmental pollution. This may involve educatingconsumers’ about benefits of proper waste disposal among otherguidelines (Clark,2005).
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