What you need to know about bottled water
The first-ever bottled water poll on the topic in Australia showed that almost half of people are now happy to drink bottled water, with almost 60 per cent of people in the 25-to-49 age group saying they would be willing to pay $50-$100 for a bottle of water.
The poll found that one-third of people said they would not drink bottled tap water and half of those people said their water would be cheaper to buy locally.
More than a quarter of respondents said they were not interested in buying bottled water because of the price tag.
The survey of 1,200 Australians was conducted between October 19 and 22.
The results showed that bottled water had been the most popular drink in Australia over the last 12 months, with nearly 80 per cent saying they were either currently or were planning to drink a bottle, according to the ABS.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said the survey results showed people were increasingly willing to drink the water.
The survey found almost half (45 per cent) of Australians said they are either currently drinking bottled water or are planning to, compared with just 21 per cent who said they had no preference.
The water industry has come under fire for using bottled water to market its products, with water purifiers being a common feature.
Despite concerns about the quality of water used to make bottled water and fears about the safety of the water, more than 80 per the people surveyed said they drank the water and were not concerned about the water’s taste or taste-related issues.
“We think it’s important that people can understand the difference between bottled water that is clean and water that they have to wash their hands with,” said Australian Water Association spokeswoman Natalie Copley.
Read more about bottled tap and bottled water.
Topics:water-supply,water-management,water,environment,health,community-and-society,annapolis-2480,vic,australiaFirst posted October 26, 2018 14:33:42Contact Ashley Johnson