Which countries use bottled water in the US?
We’re living in a new era in water conservation, where Americans are turning to bottled water to supplement their diets and save money on bottled water.
As the U.S. population ages, the demand for bottled water is expected to rise as many Americans age, according to a report from the Environmental Protection Agency.
For the first time, the agency said the nation’s consumption of bottled water will surpass that of bottled gas by 2020, reaching about 1.3 billion metric tons (MT) of the water.
This is the first increase in U.N. data on the use of bottled products in the U, and represents a milestone in the use and distribution of bottled beverage products worldwide.
The report said the U was also seeing a rise in the bottled water used in developing countries, particularly China and India.
“We are seeing a much greater focus on the bottled product in developing economies, where there are concerns about the environmental impacts of water,” said Anne-Marie Caulfield, senior vice president for policy at the Sierra Club.
A bottle of Coke is seen at the Coca-Cola bottling plant in Mexico City, Mexico, June 3, 2020.
REUTERS/Edgard Garrido The U.K. is also leading the way in the growing demand for water in developing nations, the EPA report said, citing its decision in 2017 to ban sales of bottled drinks in the country, which has a population of about two billion people.
According to the EPA, bottled water consumption in the United Kingdom rose from 754 million MT in 2018 to 1.28 billion MT in 2019.
At the same time, drinking water consumption was growing in Mexico and in Brazil, where about one-third of the population is water-literate.
This year, Mexico’s consumption rose by 17 percent to 463 million MT, the report said.
It said bottled water production in Brazil rose by 9 percent to 1,054 million MT.
Despite this growing demand, water-based beverage production still accounts for only 3 percent of overall global bottled beverage consumption, the environmental agency said.