An AWA customer’s drinking water is treated at one of seven state-of-the-art water treatment facilities. Our facilities utilize a direct filtration process suitable for low-turbidity reservoir sources. These treatment plants were some of the first facilities to employ direct filtration, ozonation and process monitoring and control via a sophisticated computer instrumentation system. The AWA’s water treatment facilities are some of the most innovative in the eastern United States.
Water's Connection to the Demand for Oil
Our nation's high demand for oil isn’t just due to long commutes. Most water bottles are composed of a plastic called polyethylene terepthalate (PET). Now, to make PET, you need crude oil. Specifically, 17 million barrels of oil are used in the production of PET water bottles ever year, estimate University of Louisville scientists. No wonder the per ounce cost of bottled water rivals that of gasoline. What’s more, 86 percent of 30 billion PET water bottles sold annually are tossed in the trash, instead of being recycled, according to data from the Container Recycling Institute. That’s a lot of waste—waste that will outlive you, your children, and your children’s children. You see, PET bottles take 400 to 1000 years to degrade. Which begs the question: If our current rate of consumption continues, where will we put all of this discarded plastic?