A visitor recently tossed an empty plastic water bottle into our recycling container. I noticed, as I often do, that the label read "Purified by Reverse Osmosis." A 24 pack of this water sells for $2.99. This means that one bottle costs about 12.5 cents. Each bottle holds 16.9 fl. ounces. That's just under three quarters of a cent per ounce. Sounds like a great deal, right?
Until you realize that the Ocracoke Water Plant produces pure reverse osmosis water every day. It flows right out of our taps. And it costs $16.00 per 2000 gallons. One gallon equals 128 fl. ounces. That means you could fill 7 1/2 bottles with one gallon of Ocracoke water. The cost comes to .001 cents per bottle.
Instead of paying 12.5 cents for one 16.9 oz. bottle of water you could fill 12,500 bottles with pure Ocracoke reverse osmosis water!
Maybe our visitors will consider not bringing bottled water to Ocracoke. Just a suggestion :-)
Or maybe I should start selling bottled water at a 12,500% profit!
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter relates the story of the prohibition-era rum runner Messenger of Peace that brought much pleasure to the residents of Portsmouth. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news062115.htm.