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Trying to figure out how to write a persuasive essay about the merits of tap water versus bottled water? It’s a complicated question and well worth exploring in your essay, as there’s an important debate going on about the benefits of clean bottled water opposed to the harm to the environment a plastic water bottle may cause.
First of all, in your introduction, once you’ve hooked your audience with a shock fact or a clever opener, set out your thesis statement clearly. This is what you are setting out to persuade your audience of, so it’s important that it’s clear and decisive, not muddled or wishy-washy. See the samples below for some ideas on how to start your essay.
Hook & Thesis: When you buy a bottle of water, you’re expecting clean and fresh water, perhaps taken from mountain springs, as is often depicted on the bottles. But what you’re actually getting is just treated tap water most of the time. Australia’s drinking water is some of the safest in the world, so next time you need a drink, just head for the tap!
Hook & Thesis: Put down that plastic water bottle! You’re about to spend an average of $2.53 for something you could get for just 1 cent: pure clean fresh drinking water. So why is tap water better than bottled water? Let’s find out.
The body of your essay should then consist of the points you want to make to back up your thesis. Remember, these points do not need to be evidence-based, they can also be emotional anecdotes or anything you think will win people over to your point of view. It’s also worth considering what arguments people might use against you. If your thesis is that everyone should drink tap water, you need to answer the response that bottled water is more convenient or think about what reply you would give to someone who lived in an area where tap water was undrinkable. In addition, you want to explain the benefits of tap water – is it really just as pure as bottled water for everyone?
Your conclusion is where you sum up your points and call your readers to action. Whether you’re arguing the benefits of tap water or simply arguing against the use of bottled water in large amounts, you want the final result of your work to be getting people to change what they do. Here’s a few sample conclusions.
Conclusion: Tap water is just as pure as bottled water for the most part, and when you drink it, you do your part to help save our planet. So, don’t throw out those old water bottles, reuse them again, and then recycle them, and after that get yourself a sturdy water bottle that can be easily refilled indefinitely. You’ll be happy you did!
Conclusion: In order to really reduce the use of water bottles, infrastructure in Australia is going to have to change somewhat. Drinking fountains should be placed in public areas, and all restaurants should be obliged to provide free chilled drinking water on request. And finally, you should buy a good permanent water bottle. Put it in your car, carry it around with you, and totally eliminate the need to buy flimsy plastic water bottles again.