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Renting out a Refurbished Lease on Life LITTLE-KNOWN EFFECTS OF THE CORONAVIRUS What St cking Up on Bottled Water Does to Our Environment

As updates on COVID-19, or the coronavirus, circulate, people continue to stock up on various essentials, causing many grocery stores to sell out of things like toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and cases of water. Everyone has a right to keep their families safe, but when it comes to bottled water, that right unfortunately means that the environment will be impacted for years to come. In the last couple of months, I’ve seen several grocery stores sell out of bottled water. Some Costco stores have limited the sale of water to five cases per member. Let’s say each case has 24 bottles of water. If we multiply that by five cases, that’s 120 bottles per sale. To give you some perspective, CreditDonkey states that the average person spends $100 on bottled water each year with the average cost being $1.21 per bottle. That means the average person uses 83 water bottles yearly. So people are buying more water right now in a single trip to Costco than they usually buy in an entire year. Obviously, we aren’t concerned with the water itself but with its production and waste. To give you a clear picture, imagine a single-use water bottle filled with oil a quarter of the way — that’s how much is required to produce that one bottle. Furthermore, manufacturing a water bottle uses up to three times the amount of water that eventually fills it. After plastic water bottles are used, they end up landfills, abandoned on sidewalks, or floating in oceans or rivers. In recent years, Americans used 50 million bottles of water per year and only recycled 23% of those bottles. Each container can take up to 1,000 years to decompose, leaking harmful chemicals in the process. Depending on where these bottles are decomposing, their chemicals severely affect the environment around them. For example, marine animals that swallow small bits of plastic can experience ulceration of tissues as well as blockages in their digestive systems. Chlorinated plastic releases “Food & Water Watch states that tap water is monitored continuously and treated according to federal standards. If it’s found to be unsafe, water companies are required under federal law to notify the public.”

chemicals into groundwater, creating a host of issues for plants and animals that depend on that water to survive and grow. Phthalates and bisphenol A, more commonly known as BPA, additives leach

out of plastics when they decompose and severely disrupt the hormone system of animals. Furthermore, small plastic particles can cross cellular barriers, cause inflammation, and even enter into the placenta or the blood-brain barrier. Once inside these cells, they can trigger biochemical reactions and changes in gene expression.

While many people are stocking up on bottled water, very few realize their tap water is just as safe. In fact, by many standards, it’s safer than bottled water. Food &Water Watch states that tap water is monitored continuously and treated according to federal standards. If it’s found to be unsafe, water companies are required under federal law to notify the public. If you want to take extra precautions, a water filter can clean out any impurities circulating through your water system. In addition to having clean water, you’ll be spending much less on bottled water and, in turn, will significantly reduce the impact you make on the environment. We recommend HALOWater Systems because their products not only filter your water but also ensure it stays clean by running self-cleaning and backwashing cycles. If you have any questions or concerns about your water filters or want to explore your options, reach out anytime. While the coronavirus isn’t in Reno as of the time I’mwriting this newsletter, you should still take measures to keep your family safe from the cold or flu viruses in our area.

–Angel Martinez

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