DRINKING WATER IN ASIA

  • Hong Kong uses more water per capita than most first world cities.
  • Hong Kong relies on mainland China for 70-80% of its water.
  • 1.2 million one-time-use plastic bottles end up in our oceans and landfills every day from Hong Kong alone.
  • In China, India, and Indonesia, twice as many people are dying from diarrhea and other preventable diseases from contaminated water as they are dying from HIV/AIDS.
  • It is estimated that 5.3 billion people, two-thirds of the world’s population, will suffer from water shortages by 2025.
  • It takes 5 liters of water to make 1 liter of bottled water.
  • Hong Kong drinks enough bottled water per year to fill IFC Two and pays 1,000 times more for the privilege.
  • One family of three drinks 2L of water per day minimum, or spends HKD $78/day. If 1L is HKD $13, then the family will spend HKD $28,080 in one year.
  • There is the appearance of lots of choices in bottled water, but in fact, there are few.
  • “Glacier Bottled Water” is NOT “glacier water” and “spring water” is NOT the same as “mineral water”.
  • Uranium and arsenic are found in bottled water, which unlike tap water, is not regulated the same as water.
  • The demand for bottled water is increasing, producing unnecessary plastic garbage and consuming vast quantities of energy.

Stats from “8 Things You Should Know About Hong Kong Water”