High water prices

High water prices

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The water is the most abundant element on our planet earth and the key to the survival of human beings. However, due to natural settings, potable water is more generous in some geographic areas of the world than others.  

Aspects like climate, poverty level, access to regular services, type of area (urban or rural), governments, economy, and even average income may define a water bottle price within a region.  

A report from The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) states that nearly one in every two people will live in water-stressed areas by 2030 due to climate change and the over-use of water. This investigation showed the true cost paid for all the water consumption and treatment including abstraction, supply, and water-wasting services.     

Due to its own dynamic activities, costs in every country may be vastly different. For example, a bathtub of water in Denmark can cost 10 times more than in Mexico according to the OECD. That is why we will try to show you the worth differences in bottles of water price.   

To determine how much the water bottle prices vary, we will show a list from the portal Numbeo with the worth of a typical affordable bottle bought at a supermarket per country: 

  1. Switzerland - $3.94  
  2. Denmark - $2.71  
  3. Norway - $2.70 
  4. Austria - $2.33 
  5. Germany - $2.30 
  6. Belgium - $2.29 
  7. Netherlands - $2.24 
  8. Israel - $2.09 
  9. Australia - $2.02 
  10. Iceland - $1.99 
  11. New Zealand - $1.97 
  12. France - $1.91  
  13. Sweden - $1.75  
  14. United States $1.64 
  15. Finland - $1.62 
  16. Slovenia - $1.61 
  17. Estonia - $1.58 
  18. Ireland - $1.56 
  19. Uruguay - $1.56 
  20. Canada - $1.49 
  21. Lithuania - $1.41  
  22. Costa Rica - $1.39 
  23. Malta - $1.35 
  24. Spain - $1.28 
  25. United Kingdom - $1.27 
  26. Slovakia - $ 1.26 
  27. Montenegro - $1.25 
  28. Romania - $1.22 
  29. Puerto Rico - $1.20 
  30. Czech Republic - $1.17 

This is an entire list with more than 100 countries, so we will give you the link if you want to check more.  

As it is shown in the list above, the most expensive typical bottles of water are founded in many Europe countries. Beyond the aspects already mentioned, the high prices of bottles of water are also related to the high purchasing power of the people there, and the transportation facilities for the goods. On the contrary, cheaper prices for water can be found in countries from the middle east and Asia, which are considered low-income locations.  

The quality of the water is also joined with technologies and that is why high-income countries have better supply and treatment water systems than low-income ones. At the end of the day, the water condition impacts all the water that is consumed and commercialized within those areas and supports the sanitary system as well. 


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