(CNN) The Beverage Marketing Corporation says bottled water is on the verge of becoming the most consumed beverage in the United States. The organization found that bottled water consumption rose more than 120 percent over the past 15 years from nearly 17 gallons per person in 2000 to nearly 37 gallons per person in 2015.
At the same time, the consumption of other beverages including sodas, fruit drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks, ready-to-drink coffee, tea and milk, dropped more than 16 percent.
The Beverage Marketing Corporation says the switch to bottled water means people saved between 24,000 and 27,000 calories over that period, or the equivalent of 161 hot dogs, 87 cheeseburgers or 126 chocolate donuts per person.
“Water is both a tap water replacement and a refreshment beverage,” said Michael Bellas, CEO of Beverage Marketing. “It was really one of the very first beverages to start to be consumed for health reasons.”
Bellas expects consumers to be drinking more water than soda by early 2017, or by the end of this year.