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Posted: 12:00 a.m. Friday, Aug. 6, 2010

Bottled water banned in Massachusetts town

How would you like to save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off by ditching bottled water? A heavy bottled water drinker can spend around $1,400, not to mention the environmental hazard bottled water presents when you consider its packaging and transportation.

Last year, Clark talked about how Bundanoon, Australia -- a suburb of Sydney -- banned bottled water when the city became tired of all the litter from the plastic bottles. Bundanoon was the first city in the world to stop the sale of bottled water.

Now a New England town has followed in Bundanoon's footsteps. The Massachusetts town of Concord is now the first American city to ban bottled water. Predictably, the bottled water industry has gone berserk.

But consider this: Tap water costs less than a penny per gallon and gives you access to clean, safe municipal drinking water. And here's a bulletin for bottled water drinkers: Companies like Coke (Dasani) and Pepsi (Aquafina) source their products from municipal water supplies -- just like tap water! -- before filtering and purifying it.

In addition, bottled water is only checked for safety about 12 times a year, while tap water is tested throughout the day.

If bottled water is awful enough to be banned in Bundanoon and Concord, you should think about banning it in your life too!

The green movement has done a good job of educating people about bottled water's environment dangers. But Clark is more interested in the dollars and cents argument. So while the environment is all well and good, the consumer champ cares about that other kind of green -- the stuff in your wallet!