6 Lies You Always Believed About Bottled Water
1. Bottled Water Comes From Unpolluted Natural Springs
is no relationship between the image on your water bottle and the
source of the water. While some companies make an effort to provide
water from natural springs and wells, about 25 percent of the bottled
water sold in the U.S. comes from municipal water supplies.
That means it’s tap water—the same water you get at home.
The bottled water industry is loosely regulated, and water sources
are not clearly or consistently revealed on product labels. Don’t be
taken in by the pretty pictures: Bottled water isn’t special. It’s just
2. Bottle Water Is an Affordable Beverage
the U.S., a bottle of water can cost $3 or more. The equivalent amount
of tap water costs less than a cent. And remember—odds are good that the
bottled water and the tap water come from the same source.
Consumers are willing to pay more for bottled water because it is
conveniently packaged and because it may carry a prestige label. But
that’s the bottle. The water itself is drastically overpriced. If you
must have the packaging, refill a used water bottle from your kitchen
tap. No one will know the difference.
3. Bottled Water Is Better For You Than Tap Water
For most Americans, tap water is plenty healthy. Nonetheless,
there is a booming market in filters and other technology for ensuring
water is pure.
Municipal water supplies undergo daily testing to ensure quality and
lack of contamination. Bottled water is tested too, but only once a
week. So if there’s a problem with the water, inspectors will find it
and correct it more quickly at home.
Testing standards are stricter for city water supplies than they are for water bottlers.
Moreover, bottled water is packaged in plastic bottles that are made
from petroleum and other nasty chemicals. The government says that
contamination from these bottles falls within safe levels, but who wants
any contamination at all?
4. Water Bottles Are Recycled
the plastics used in water bottles could be recycled, the plain truth
is that recycling doesn’t work. Water bottles make up a growing
percentage of the 4 billion plastic bottles that wind up in American
dumps every year.
Some bottles go into landfill, where they will spend hundreds of
years without degrading or decomposing. Others go into incinerators,
where they release deadly cancer-causing gases into the atmosphere.
Even if you’re careful to discard your water bottles in bins marked
“Recycling,” there’s a good chance they’ll wind up in a landfill
5. Bottled Water Tastes Better
research firm called Corporate Accountability International has
conducted bottled water taste tests across the United States for the
past several years.
The tests have revealed that blindfolded tasters generally can’t tell
the difference between bottled water and tap water. If they report a
preference, they generally prefer tap water.
In a separate test, researchers offered New York City residents
bottled water and tap water from the local supply. Get this: 75 percent
preferred tap water.
6. At Least Water Bottling Creates Jobs
In 2008, an organization called Food & Water Watch reported
on the bottled water industry’s dismal employment record. The
organization’s researchers discovered that water bottling plants require
few workers—typically only a couple dozen. Most of these workers come
from the home office. As a result, each plant employs somewhere between
two and 10 local workers.
Food & Water Watch says that while the average American
manufacturing worker was paid $51,428 in 2006, the average worker in a
water bottling plant made 19.8 percent less, or $41,236.
Moreover, bottled water workers sustained more work-related injuries than workers in other kinds of manufacturing jobs.
The Bottom Line
There is no benefit to drinking bottled,
supposedly-better-than-tap-water water compared to drinking from your
faucet at home. If you’re concerned about the purity of your home water
supply, buy an inexpensive filter and invest the money you save in
eating healthier, being more active, or buying yourself a gift to reward
yourself for resisting the weight of a demanding, capitalist ploy to
milk your pocket dry.source
Edited by tatee - Aug 28 2013 at 4:18am