“Tapped” is a 2009 documentary about the effects of the bottled water industry on America’s economy, environment, and public health. A coalition of Brown University student groups and the Environment Council of Rhode Island are sponsoring a free, public screening of “Tapped”, November 10 at 8pm in the Salomon Center on the Main Green.
Americans spent $15 billion on bottled water in 2007, a 30-fold increase in consumption per capita since 1976. Producing these bottles used the equivalent of 17 million barrels of oil, excluding the cost of transportation. Whereas bottled water costs $7.50 to $11.00 per gallon, tap water costs $0.01 per gallon. 24% of bottled water sold in the US, including Dasani and Aquafina, is not spring water but simply purified, repackaged tap water.
Compared to bottled water, tap water is regulated more rigorously and tested more frequently by the EPA. Bisphenol-A, the chemical from which 5-gallon water cooler jugs are made, has been linked in 200 independent studies to illnesses including obesity, prostate cancer, breast cancer, diabetes, and brain disorders.
Free, 8pm, Tuesday, November 10, Salomon Center, Brown University, 91 Waterman Street