After months of buying bottled water, our family finally bought a Brita pitcher.

There are many reports and news articles about bottled water vs. tap water and the results may be misleading. Which is better? Our family bought a 24-case of bottled water every week for about $4 from Sam’s Club or for about $5 from Walmart. Sometimes, we’d open a bottle of water and then waste it by not finishing the whole bottle.

With a Brita pitcher, we have to buy a $5 filter once a month. We bought the Brita filter for $20 initially, which included one filter. One month’s worth of bottled water is about $16, a difference of $4. Then, after the inital purchase, we’re only spending $5 a month as opposed to $16 a month, a difference of $11 a month and a total yearly savings of more than $132.

A 2010 report from the Environmental Working Group graded brands of bottled water. Do you know what you are drinking? View the grades and report: EWG Bottled Water Grades I decided to look up one of the brands that I drink on a regular basis.

Deer Park (sold by Nestle Water) – Grade D – for scoring 4.0 out of 10.0 in water purification methods, water source, testing conducted and using basic treatment.

Try saving more then $500 a year if you bought a bottle of water every day from the gas station for about $1.50?

the author

Originally from Virginia, Jennifer C. Sellers is passionate about sustainability and conservation in South Carolina and throughout the world. She earned her BA in English from Coastal Carolina University and her MAS in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver. She is a university sustainability coordinator that implements programs and teaches people about going green and being sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @MyGreenGlasses

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