It’s no secret that drinking lots of water is crucial to a healthy lifestyle. Proper hydration can help you lose weight, combat disease, and conserve energy. Given that most of us are guilty of binge eating, catching weird sicknesses, and pulling all-nighters, it’s essential that we drink lots of H2O to help us plow through our hectic days.
But few of us stop to consider the best way to incorporate this other nectar of the gods into our diets. Since arriving at NYU, it’s become clear that most of us grab brand-name bottled water from the dining halls, street vendors, or Duane Reade. Few students opt for refilling a reusable container. Considering New York City offers its residents some of the purest, most delicious drinking water on the planet, (over 1 billion gallons are brought in every day from upstate reservoirs), you can’t help but question the practicality of drinking bottled water at NYU.
When a diner walks into the cafeteria at Hayden, for example, the first thing that catches his or her eye is a pretty metal rack displaying bottles of SmartWater. This product attracts thirsty consumers with its sleek bottle design and promise that every drop of water has been “vapor distilled,” whatever that means. It even comes with a cool motto: “Purity you can feel, hydration you can taste.” But at any dining hall on campus, a bottle of this stuff will set you back by $2.49. After hours of calculations in the lab, we discovered that, if you drink a bottle of SmartWater every day, it’ll add up to about $17 a week, $70 a month, and $840 a year.
We’re already paying an enormous amount of money just to be at this school, so why add on such an unnecessary cost? Since day one at NYU, everyone has been encouraging us students to take advantage of everything that the city has to offer. So why not include fresh tap water from the Adirondacks as one of these luxuries? We all have our own sinks in our rooms, so go buy a Nalgene, Camelbak, or stainless steel bottle and fill it up before heading out to class every day. The water you’ll be sipping on won’t have obscure scientific processes or pictures of lush forests on the packaging, (we’re looking at you, Fiji Water) but you can feel confident that it’s fresh, safe, and healthy. And if you’re still skeptical about the municipal drinking water, a Brita pitcher will appease your fears for just $30.
All tree-hugging aside, production of water bottles guzzles up fossil fuels, and only one out of every six bottles gets recycled in this country. Do the planet and your bank account a favor by dropping the stuff altogether. No one thinks you’re cool for walking around with that oddly rectangular bottle of Fiji water. New York City’s tap water is the way to go: it’s healthy, delicious, and most importantly, it’s free.