We’ve all heard the statistics: American consumers are drinking more bottled water every year and spending more money doing it because they think it’s safer. In reality, most bottled water is no cleaner, safer or healthier than tap water.
Serious issues also arise around equity, public health and environmental justice. Issues like taking water from communities that depend on it, polluting the environment by producing plastics, contributing to global warming by transporting bottled water over great distances, and irresponsibly disposing of billions of empty bottles.
For years, Planet Bluegrass has been providing an alternative to bottled water as usual by offering free filtered water at the festival to help encourage our festival community to kick the bottled water habit. Look for the water station on the river side of the beer booth!
Though both sources require chlorine treatment by federal law, at the festival the chlorine will be filtered out along with other particles to assure that the tap tastes better than the bottle.
All you need to enjoy it is a safe reusable container. Food and Water Watch recommends either stainless steel or lined aluminum bottles to avoid chemicals leaching from plastics.
We’ve also given our festival artists and their crews complimentary Klean Kanteen stainless steel containers to use during the festival and hopefully reuse again and again. We anticipate these reusable containers saving 1,560 bottles over the course of the festival alone. A limited number of these stainless steel containers will also be available at the Country Store.