The ingredients in Glaceau Smartwater are spring water and electrolytes, including potassium bicarbonate, calcium chloride and magnesium chloride. The Coca-Cola Company makes Glaceau Smartwater and notes that it is produced according to a hydrologic cycle. The cycle includes vapor distilling water and adding electrolytes.
Some critics charge that bottled waters are a waste of money and are bad for the environment. Responding to environmental concerns, some local jurisdictions and colleges in the United States are attempting to ban the sale of bottled water, as of 2014. In 2009, a small town in New South Wales became the first town to ban the sale of bottled water. In 2012, Concord, Mass., became the first U.S. town to ban bottled water sales. The ban specifically applies to single-serve water that is unflavored, non-sparkling and packaged in bottles of 1 liter or less.
As of 2014, sales of bottled water are increasing even in areas with clean tap water. The phenomenon may be due to the successful marketing of bottled water. Bottled water consumption has increased significantly in the United States in the past 10 years. Sales have tripled in that time, to about $4 billion per year. More than half the population in the United States drinks bottled water. U.S. residents spend between 240 and 10,000 times more per gallon for bottled water than for tap water. Men are less likely than women to drink bottled water.