The Business of Bottled Water

From large cities to small towns, the U.S. bottled water industry is a critical component of our nation's economy and infrastructure.

Not only does the manufacture and sale of bottled water products create good jobs in the U.S., it also contributes to the national economy as a whole via the industry’s economic ripple effect that benefits agriculture, manufacturing, construction, transportation and many other businesses whose livelihood depends on the bottled water industry.

In 2011 (the most recent available data) the bottled water industry was a dynamic part of the U.S. economy, accounting for about $109.8 billion in output, or just below 1% of GDP.

  • Bottled water manufacturers, along with their wholesale and retail partners, directly or indirectly employed approximately 499,241 Americans in 2011
  • These workers earned $27 billion in wages and benefits
  • Members of the industry and their employees paid $10.8 billion in direct federal, state and local taxes
  • In addition, the consumption of bottled water beverages throughout the country generated $638.3 million in state sales taxes