Tweed Council favours the tap over bottled water
THE average $3.50 bottled water has a 285,000% mark-up on Tweed's tap water, which is one reason why Tweed Shire Council is ditching the bottle and encouraging ratepayers to do the same.
"As an organisation, council recently decided not to stock water in its office vending machines and there are many good reasons for this," council's demand management team leader Elizabeth Seidl said.
"Australia's annual consumption of bottled water exceeds 600 million litres, even though Australians are able to drink some of the best tap water in the world," she said.
"Even if you purchase bottled water in bulk, you will still end up paying around $1.50 per litre, which is still about 730 times the cost of tap water."
In the Tweed, tap water only costs $2.05 for 1000 litres.
"And for every 500mL bottle you purchase, it takes close to one litre of water to manufacture it," Ms Seidl said.
Bottled water also causes environmental issues, including excessive landfill, litter and wasted resources during transportation and refrigeration.