5 years ago, in another country, I wrote about the cost and extortionate profits of bottled water.
I still feel the same about it, though I have tempered my opinion with the practical reality of living in a desert environment where the naturally occurring water, even when treated, is unpleasant to drink – and not so thirst-quenching anyway – due to its hardness. Wherever I can I still refill my bottles with tap water that has been through a zeolite filter. However we need to carry so much with us when we travel that from a practical point of view, bottled is necessary. The waste and environmental concerns are still on my mind. On the plus side, two dozen 600ml bottles from Coles are only $8. That is a mere $1800 a cubic metre. Probably only around 500 times the cost of tap water here.