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”
China Water Risk.org
Stats from “What Makes Clean Water So Important?”
Blue Planet Network.org
The US spends $15 billion annually on bottled water.
2.7 million tons of plastic are used to bottle water each year.
86% of plastic water bottles used in the United States becomes garbage or litter.
Water is a $400 billion dollar global industry, the third largest behind electricity and oil.
Half of the world’s 500 major rivers are seriously depleted or polluted.
Incinerating used bottles produces toxic byproducts such as chlorine gas and ash containing heavy metals tied to a host of human and animal health problems.
“Private companies” profits rise from selling bottled water of questionable quality at more than $100 billion per year.
Over 2 million children die every year from diseases associated with lack of access to safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation, and poor hygiene.
The average distance that women in Africa and Asia walk to collect water is six kilometers.
How safe is Hong Kong’s water?
Water: A Great Mystery
China Water Risk.org
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