Date of Award

Summer 2012

Access Restriction

Campus Access only Research Projects

Degree Name

Master of Science


Systems Engineering and Leadership Program

School or College

Seaver College of Science and Engineering


The bottled water industry has rapidly grown in the past ten years, and more people around the globe are choosing bottled water as their preferred beverage. Much has been written about bottled water in recent years, this paper will provide literature that will tackle individual elements of the phenomenon, particularly information on market growth, the differences between tap water and bottled water, and the industry's harmful effects on the environment. This project will attempt to provide a creative solution to minimize the consumption of the bottled water in the South Bay area of Los Angeles through the creation of a system based on SE fundamentals that will offer high quality water, same or better than bottled water, in the market. This system will help to minimize the usage of plastic containers which is the main focus of this project. The initiative proposed will help mitigate the effect on the environment of the massive usage of bottled water, as well as delivering high-quality water to the end user.