Bottled water's been around for almost 300 years, but it's only in recent years has it become one of the world's most popular beverages.
The drink first rose to fame in the 1800s when cities located near springs would bottle and sell their water as having "magical" properties.
That might sound ridiculous, but as you're about to see, companies are STILL making ridiculous claims about how good their bottled water is.
Bottled water consumption is climbing by about 10% every year. This rapid growth mean consumption overall doubles every seven years.
America is far and away the biggest consumer of the stuff.
The average American takes down thirty-nine gallons of bottled water per year.
That's more than the average consumption of milk and beer combined.
Last year, for the first time ever, more bottled water was consumed in the U.S. than soda.
It's changing the beverage landscape, but not always in a good, as you'll see.
We're paying about $1.22 on average to drink a gallon of bottled water. That's 300(!) times more than it costs for tap water.
For years, soda companies have seen this trend coming, so they've been getting in the bottled water game as well.
As a result, what was once considered artisanal and pure is now produced as cheaply as possible, suggesting that maybe bottled water isn't all THAT different than tap water.
A recent study found that half of all bottled water actually comes from a tap.
And in 2007, Aquafina and Pure Life were ordered to state this on their bottles to keep people from being misled.
Believe it or not, tap water's actually tested for purity and safety far more than bottled water is!
To determine if bottled water will be an upgrade or a downgrade from the tapped stuff, check out the annual water quality report for your area.