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Fact Check: How many litres does it take to produce one litre of bottled water?

Have you ever wondered how much water goes into producing your bottled water?

Africa Check received a claim that it takes 11 litres of water to make 1 litre of water.

Editor for Africa Check, Anim Van Wyk says they traced this water footprint.

She says that by law there are three types of bottled water:

  • Natural water - Goes through little treatment.
  • Water defined by origin - Comes from a specific river or stream.
  • Prepared water - Undergoes treatment which alters its natural properties.

Van Wyk says during the interrogation of this claim, they found that the bottles and bottle caps also use water for production.

One kilogram of PET resin for the plastic water bottle would use 60ml of water. To blow mold, that requires 40 litres per kilogram. And there is 29ml for the bottle cap.

Anim Van Wyk, Editor for Africa Check

Africa Check's investigation found that it takes three litres of water to produce one litre of bottled water.

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