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Water Quality Issues – Bottled Water and Municipal Water Contamination

Water Quality Issues – Bottled Water and Municipal Water

tap water 150x150 Water Quality Issues – Bottled Water and Municipal Water ContaminationIn the US we take water for granted even today. Many people are well aware of the dangers of drinking municipal tap water (and hence the surge in sales of bottled water), but is your bottled water really all that healthy? And what about the manufacturing pollution issues and waste storage implications of millions upon millions of plastic bottles daily being consumed?

If you have doubt about the quality concerns of municipal water, consider this quote made the day after the US Center for Disease Control admitted that municipal water supply additives thought safe are not:

“Unfortunately not all of us live close to a mountain stream where we can fill up our water bottles and drink some of the best water on the planet for free – the way nature designed it. Most of us live in large urban areas and need to rely on commercial water distribution systems that are often loaded with chlorine, disinfection by-products, fluoride, and many other toxins. Here’s the sobering truth… Every year a greater number of contaminants are uncovered in public and private water supplies. And with each passing day, we learn more about how these substances have the potential to jeopardize your well-being.” Dr. Mercola

More on Bottled Water Concerns …

These few points should drive home the concern about the quality of bottled water. Unfortunately we have not reviewed the literature to compare quality of various bottled water options (but OWC research staff will do so soon and issue a report). Suffice it to say the following statistics have been reported about bottled waters and they are alarming suggesting the bottled water industry is not only causing serious pollution transporting water all over but bottling waste as well while in a large % of cases also misleading consumers. Studies reveal that about 40 percent of bottled water is actually regular tap water with possibly no additional filtering treatment. Shockingly EPA standards that apply to public water supplies do NOT apply to bottled water. Overall, bottled water is less regulated than tap water.

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