If Tap Water at Marist Is Clean, Why Buy Bottled Water?

By Editorial Board 

If doctors recommend that mothers of newly born babies should use tap water over bottled water and studies show it may be safer, then why on average do Marist College students prefer bottled water? 

The previous week, we looked at Companies that Employ Most Marist Students. This week we focus on a simple subject: bottled water and why on average Marist College students prefer it over tap water. Let's begin with the facts, the Poughkeepsie Townwide Water District serves about 54,036 people. The tap water pH scale averages to about 7.0 which meets the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) standards. In this Visual Data story, we will explain the metrics used to measure different types of water bottle brands and the cost over the school year. 

Comparing pH Scale of 10 Branded Bottled Water 

pH scale is a measure of acidity or alkalinity of water soluble substances (pH stands for 'potential of Hydrogen'). A pH value is a number from 1 to 14, with 7 as the middle (neutral) point. Values below 7 indicate acidity which increases as the number decreases, 1 being the most acidic

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The Cost Of Bottled Water Per School Year For a Student at Marist College

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The price of the water bottles per 24 bottle package is averaged by Google Shopping. We also selected their best selling size for the brand. You will notice for Essentia that 33.8 fl oz bottles for 6 bottle averages out to $684.00 per school year. The calculation: Price multiplied by Weeks In a Semester. We also concluded a package will last for 2 weeks if you are sharing it between your house or roommates and visitors. We also factored in that the demand for water may differ for the summer and winter. 

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