PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A new survey shows more than 40 percent of Philadelphians mostly drink bottled water at home instead of tap water.
The results surprised Nina Hoe at Penn’s Fels Institute of Government, which surveyed Philadelphians on what kind of water they drink.READ MORE: 'Hold Him Accountable': Philadelphia School District Teacher Let Student Make Wooden Gun In Shop Class, Parent Says
“The first thing that came out that we saw immediately was that 43 percent of Philadelphians were drinking bottled water primarily at home, which was pretty surprising,” Hoe said. “That seemed much higher than a lot of us suspected.”
And Hoe says nearly 60 percent of people who bought more bottled water were those who could least afford it.READ MORE: At Least 3 People Shot, Killed In Violent Thursday Night In Philadelphia
“Generally, individual residents with lower levels of education, lower income residents, minorities, and females were more likely to be drinking bottled water at home than their counterparts,” she said.
Hoe says while city water is safe, distrust of municipal water and the city soda tax may explain the results.MORE NEWS: Colonial School District In Delaware May Resort To Online Learning Amid School Bus Driver Shortage
She says a working group is being formed to further examine Philadelphia’s drinking water choices.