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Originally posted by JustMike
reply to post by Idonthaveabeard
Interesting idea. However, considering that spring water is replenished by rainfall that percolates down through the various rock layers, and that rainfall ultimately is part of the hydological cycle that includes the oceans, then spring water itself is already "in the mix" in relation to sea levels anyway.
But leaving that point aside, even if we took a hypothetical figure of 100 billion bottles of spring water a year it's still not a large volume of water in comparison to the oceans themselves. If we had 100 billion bottles and they were (say) 10 litres each, it would still only amount to 100,000,000,000 x 10 = 1,000,000,000,000 litres. And that's how much water there is in just one cubic kilometer (cu. km.).
The world's oceans have a water volume of about 1,335,000,000 cu. km. (Refer to NOAA here for more details.) So an addition of 1 cu. km. to the oceans would make less than a one-thirteen-millionth of one percent difference to the total and so it wouldn't really affect the levels to any amount we could even realistically measure.
All the same, I like your thinking, because at least you are looking at alternatives.
I'd tend to agree with what another poster said about the land (sea floor) possibly getting lower in some places. In fact this does happen, especially in relation to islands that sit on or near subduction zones. This is why we hear of some islands in the Pacific where the people have to move because the "sea level is rising", while people other islands just a couple of hundred km away have no such problems. The reason is because the sea ain't rising very much, but the islands can rise and fall as a result of tectonic forces.
edit on 22/7/12 by JustMike because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by pikestaff
According to an article in Climate Depot, sea levels have remained the same for the last ten years.
As regards bottled water, it gets replaced by rain, which trickles down into the aquifers where the bottled water come from (allegedly), there is more rain that bottled water, which is why most rivers/lakes are usually full.