Most Bottled Water Same As Tap Water

According to a recent report from Food & Water Watch, almost two-thirds of bottled water supplied in the USA comes from tap water, costing the consumer 2,000 times more than if they drank that same tap water. Bottle water companies are also implicated in the depletion of local water supplies in parts of the US and profited from it, according to the report. One of the largest producers of plastic bottled water (and probably plastic waste) worldwide is the Nestlé company. In fact Nestlé continued to pump water from California, even during the period of the recent historic drought in 2016.

But in the US, many people probably do not know that the federal government requires more rigorous safety monitoring for municipal tap water than for bottled water. In some cases, drinking bottled water can be less safe than drinking tap water. A study by researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee found that children who drank primarily plastic bottled water were more likely to get sick from acute diarrhea than children who drank primarily tap water. The researchers suggested that this might be due to contamination of bottled water.

Single-serve bottled water is commonly packaged in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic, which contains compounds such as benzene, toluene and xylenes. Plastic bottles can in fact leach toxins like acetaldehyde, antimony and formaldehyde into the water in the bottle. (Acetaldehyde is a possible human carcinogen that can cause genetic mutations, and formaldehyde can cause DNA and chromosome damage.)

The good news is that most households can have a constant supply of pure healthy drinking water from their own tap or faucet and at a substantially lower cost than bottled water, simply by installing a quality home water filtration system. Read more..

March 6, 2018


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