Why do so many people still drink tap water?
By: Sarah O’ConnellSource: MTV News | Posted: November 27, 2019 07:24:53More than 80 per cent of British adults now drink tap or bottled water, according to research by the Royal Society for Public Health.
The report, published by the British Medical Journal, found that adults in the UK are drinking around 665 litres of tap water a day, while children aged 0 to 11 are drinking 1,085 litres.
A further 565 litres is added to bottled water.
The study found that children aged five to 11 drink a further 4,200 litres of water, while adults drink an average of 9,000 litres a day.
However, the study also found that the water has become more expensive.
In fact, in the past decade, the cost of water has increased by over 2,000 per cent, while the cost to produce has increased from £6.10 per 1,000 cubic metres to £5.80 per 1-litre.
“We know that the cost per litre of water used has increased over the last 30 years.
In other words, in order to produce a litre, you need a lot of water,” Dr Robert Furlong, of the Royal College of Surgeons, told the BBC.
The survey also found a growing divide between people who buy their water from the local water company and those who buy it from supermarkets.
“People buying bottled water are in a much better position to understand what the price is, and they’re getting a lot more information,” Dr Furlongo said.
“It’s important that the public get information on what they’re paying for.”
Dr Furlng said it was important that supermarkets and local water companies were transparent with consumers, and that they did not have to pay for water.
“They are not forced to give information on water prices, but they should,” he said.
The National Trust said the research revealed a lack of trust in water.
“People are becoming increasingly aware of the impact of the water they drink, but many are unaware that they have to buy bottled water from a company they do not trust, and this creates a huge amount of unnecessary stress for the water consumer,” a spokesperson for the trust said.
It said bottled water had become more and more expensive as demand for water has grown and as companies like Coca-Cola and Nestle had been found to not pay taxes.
“There are huge financial pressures on businesses like supermarkets, which have to raise prices to keep up with the cost.”
The result is people don’t buy water from companies they trust, which has been shown to affect water quality, health and wellbeing.
“The Royal Society said water could be “a major health issue”, but added it was crucial to make sure people understood the benefits and risks of water.