Bottled Water The Right Choice?
Companies that market bottled water as being safer than tap water are defrauding the American public. - The U.S. FDA
Bottled water has become a multi-billion dollar business... now the fastest growing segment of the entire beverage industry... and the most profitable of all beverages. Even companies like Coca-Cola and Pepsi are getting in on the action with their bottled water products, Danasi and Aquafina which is filtered tap water.
Millions and millions of dollars are spent each week on advertising campaigns to give consumers the perception that bottled water comes from some pristine mountain spring or magical underground aquifer. The truth is that bottled water is often little more than tap water in a bottle.
The Federal regulations that govern bottled water only apply if it is transported across state lines, and then only require it to be "as good as" tap water. Most bottled water is bottled and sold within the same state to avoid regulations. There are no assurances or requirements that bottled water is of any higher quality than tap water.
In March of 1999 the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released a report called "Bottled Water Pure Drink or Pure Hype?" NRDCs report points out that as much as 40% of all bottled water comes from a city water system just like tap water. The report also focuses on the fact that 60 to 70% of all bottled water is exempt from FDAs bottled water standards because it is bottled and sold within the same state. Unless the water is transported across state lines there are no federal regulations that govern its quality. According to the NRDC "bottled water companies have used this loophole to avoid complying with basic health standards such as those that apply to municipally treated tap water." Also all carbonated or sparkling waters are completely exempt from FDA guidelines that set specific contamination limits.
According to the NRDC study "even when bottled waters are covered by FDAs specific bottled water standards those rules are weaker in many ways than EPA rules that apply to big city tap water." For instance if we compare EPA regulations for tap water to FDAs bottled water rules: (these examples are quotes from the NRDC report)
The Natural Resources Defense Council report concluded that; "Therefore while much tap water is indeed risky having compared available data we conclude that there is no assurance that bottled water is any safer than tap water."
The reality of bottled water is that people pay from $1 to $4 a gallon for the perception of higher quality when in fact the quality of bottled water is at best "unknown"!
In addition, most bottled water is sold in plastic water bottles. Plastic is a non-renewable resource, its manufacture is energy- and resource-intensive, and in many cases highly toxic. Ever taste the plastic taste in bottled water?? Plastic does not biodegrade. Polyvinyl-chloride manufacturing releases dioxins, as does the incineration of said PVC. Plastic used in food applications can get worn and torn and eventually harbor bacteria. Plastics recycling is also known as "downcycling," because each reiteration of your original bottle is of lower quality than the next, until at last the landfill beckons.
A humorous, but insightful quote, from a national radio personality went;
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Point-of-Use water treatment with a quality in home water filtration system is by far the most economical the most convenient and the most effective way of producing healthy, great tasting water. Filtering out the chlorine lead and other contaminants with a quality home water filtration system at the point of use just prior to consumption is the only way to know for sure about the quality of your water.
The Aquasana Drinking Water Filter provides water that is higher in quality than any bottled water for only 9 cents a gallon.
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