As the weather starts to warm up outside, we all love a refreshing glass of ice cold water – what could be better? Most of us have fresh, clean water on demand in our house, school or workplace round the clock and yet bottled water appears to be flying off the shelves! Sales of bottled water have continued to grow year on year – 2.8 billion litres of bottled water was consumed in 2015 alone! Many people prefer bottled water because they believe it’s often cleaner or of a higher quality, but studies show this isn’t necessarily true! In the UK, we have one of the highest quality mains waters in the world!
It takes an estimated 1.53 litres of water to produce only 1 litre of bottled water, meaning that for every litre of water consumed, an additional 50% is wasted! This means that in 2015, at least 1.4 billion litres of water were wasted through purchasing bottled water.
Here at the park, water conservation is a top priority! Our Learning & Discovery team held a water taste test at the walk-around during May, challenging visitors to taste the difference between bottled water and tap water. L&D team member Ellie was surprised by the results.
“Britain consumes 3 billion litres of bottled water a year, so we asked our guests to take the bottled vs tap challenge to see if they could tell the difference,” Ellie said. “44% of guests couldn’t tell the difference and thought the tap water was the bottled water. Guests seemed surprised and a number of them have pledged to drink more tap water in the future!”
Do you think you could taste the difference between bottled and tap water? Which do you prefer? Let us know what you think on Facebook or Twitter, and keep your eyes peeled for further water activities!