Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Truth Behind Bottled Water

Majority of the word consumes bottled water and typically, they do not think much about it. We do not consider how much oil is required to manufacture the bottles nor do we consider the sources from which the water comes from. Naturally, we assume that bottled water is safe and healthier than tap water but in reality, many brands of bottled water comes from tap water!

So what is the truth about bottled water?

  • The first documented case of selling bottled water was in Boston in the 1760s
    • Jackson's Spa took mineral water and bottled then sold it for therapeutic uses
  •  Approximately 60 million plastic water bottles are used in the US every day
  • The average American consumed roughly 167 disposable water bottles last year but only recycled 38
  •  Each plastic bottle can take up to 700 years to decompose
  • The production of American's water bottles uses over 17 million barrels of oil a year (enough to fuel 1.3 million cars for an entire year) and it takes three times the amount of water to make the bottle than it does to actually fill it

  • 47.8% all of bottled water is derived from tap water
  • Tap water is EPA regulated and undergoes testing for e. coli and is required to provide its source and provide quality reports. Bottled water does not have to meet any of these standards. 
  • The National Resources Defense Council, or NRDC, conducted scientific tests and found that bottled water is no safer than tap water.
    • 103 brands of bottled water was test
    • Nearly 1 out of 5 tested contained more bacteria than allowed under microbiological-purity "guidelines"
    • 4% violated the generally weak federal bottled water standards (2 for excessive fluoride and 2 for excessive coliform bacteria)
    • In 8 cases arsenic was found in at least one test at a level of potential health concern

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