10 Reasons You Shouldn’t Drink Bottled Water

Environmentally destructive and bad for your health, bottled water loses out to tap

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The Ocean Conservatory has found that every square mile of the ocean has 46,000 pieces of floating plastic in it.

For most of us, memories of childhood summers involve at least a few instances where, parched after an intense game of tag, we squatted in flowerbeds to take a long, satisfying drink from the garden hose. Would you do that now as an adult? When did we become so afraid of tap water? We must have, at some point, come to think that the water that flows from our kitchen taps and backyard hoses is dirty, full of chemicals even, and that the cleanest water comes individually packaged at the grocery store.

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But is it true? Is bottled water purer than tap?

The answer is, surprisingly, a resounding no. We fear tap water, in large part, because we’ve been taught to by brilliant marketing strategies that preyed on insecurity and established distrust in essentially free tap water, creating a market for more expensive, but often less reliable, bottled water.

In 2001, Susan Wellington, president of the Quaker Oats Company’s U.S. beverage division, famously declared, “When we’re done, tap water will be relegated to showers and washing dishes.” In 2014, it looks as if Wellington’s prophecy is pretty close to true, with Americans consuming 9.67 billion gallons last year — almost 40 gallons for every American.

Bottled water is an 11.8-billion-dollar industry, but what does that money buy us? Is bottled water really safer than tap water? Many waters bill themselves as cleaner, more natural alternatives to plain tap water, but is there anyone checking up on these claims?

Or maybe we’re drinking bottled water because it’s a more convenient alternative to trotting to the taps every time we feel a little bit thirsty. But what’s the environmental impact of all those single servings of water? 

The answers to these questions are pretty surprising. Below, we’ve compiled a list of facts about bottled water that may send you running back to the tap.

It’s Probably Just Tap Water Anyway

According to both government and industry estimates, approximately 40 percent of bottled water comes from city and municipal water reserves. Sometimes it’s additionally treated, but sometimes it’s not.

There’s No One Assessing it for Quality

60 to 70 percent of percent of bottled water sold in the U.S. is exempt from the FDA’s rigorous water standards because the FDA says its rules do not apply to water packaged and sold in the same state.

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I am a water quality professional who helps people everyday get off bottled water. So I like the premise of the article, but there is a lot of inaccurate information here. The solution is simple though, treat your own water and use glass/stainless high quality reusable bottles. Contact your local water treatment professional and invest in a quality system. I use the Kinetico K5 system. I like it because it adds the natural minerals back into the water after it purifies it. The reality is that there are contaminant issues even on good water sources. Both the EPA and WQA recommend Point of Use treatment for drinking water.

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The day that the water coming from my tap becomes FLUORIDE FREE I will start drinking it. Until then it will be spring water only. Fluoride is used as insecticide, WHY THE HECK would you drink this?

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ONLY four major cities in the U.S., (New York is one of them) have drinkable tap water, and that's a FACT - so there's plenty of reason to filter the rest, and the ONLY bottled that is TRULY filtered is Nestle's Water, (in accordance with the FDA testing) .... and yes, the PABA / other chemicals that plastics contain, is a serious concern health wise, so instead of trying to convince the public of the poor quality of our city water, why don't we pressure plastics manufacturers to produce chemical free products, and let's go after those who dump garbage into the oceans, by reporting incessantly on these two factors and guess what ?..... PROBLEM SOLVED !

IDEALLY, we should all filter our tap water at home, and store it in chemical-free containers, and WATCH how quickly the plastics manufacturers line up. Let us also go after the "dumpers" with every possible sanction that can be imposed on them.

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ONLY four major cities in the U.S., (New York is one of them) have drinkable tap water, and that's a FACT - so there's plenty of reason to filter the rest, and the ONLY bottled that is TRULY filtered is Nestle's Water, (in accordance with the FDA testing) .... and yes, the PABA / other chemicals that plastics contain, is a serious concern health wise, so instead of trying to convince the public of the poor quality of our city water, why don't we pressure plastics manufacturers to produce chemical free products, and let's go after those who dump garbage into the oceans, by reporting incessantly on these two factors and guess what ?..... PROBLEM SOLVED !

IDEALLY, we should all filter our tap water at home, and store it in chemical-free containers, and WATCH how quickly the plastics manufacturers line up. Let us also go after the "dumpers" with every possible sanction that can be imposed on them.

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