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Bottled Water: Global Impacts and Potential

  • Tamim YounosEmail author
Part of the The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry book series (HEC, volume 30)


This chapter discusses the rationale beyond global expansion of bottled water, components of bottled water industry, and problems associated with bottled water production and consumption; energy demand; health concerns; and plastic pollution. From technology perspective, bottled water can be considered a decentralized water system which distributes water for human consumption via a portable container instead of a pipeline which is a required component for transporting water via conventional water supply infrastructure. It is concluded that the current bottled water industry is not a part of a sustainable solution for the overall challenge of providing safe drinking water worldwide. However, bottled water can be a part of an overall solution to global lack of safe drinking water and community development if innovative water treatment technologies, renewable energy use, and biodegradable plastic (or similar materials) are incorporated into bottled water production and infrastructure system design.


Decentralized water system Health impacts Plastic pollution Energy consumption Sustainability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Cabell Brand Center for Global Poverty and Resources Sustainability StudiesBlacksburgUSA

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