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Bottled Water can give you cancer?

Is bottled water any better than the water flowing from your tap at home? Most people assume if you’re paying money for something in a plastic bottle then it’s of superior quality compared to something that’s piped into your home for a lot less money. This isn’t always true. Many times the bottle being labeled as “spring” water is really just filtered or unfiltered tap water. According to the NRDC there isn’t much of a difference in quality either. Our conclusion is that there is no assurance that just because water comes out of a bottle it is any cleaner or safer than water from the tap. And in fact, an estimated 25 percent or more of bottled water is really just tap water in a bottle (/www.nrdc.org/water/drinking/qbw.asp).

The EPA requires all public water to be tested and the results reported to the public. Bottled water companies do not have to disclose results from their tests. Municipal water systems have to disclose all results and data to the public. The report shows what was tested and what was found in the water. Water suppliers must deliver to their customers annual drinking water quality reports (or consumer confidence reports). These reports will tell consumers what contaminants have been detected in their drinking water, how these detection levels compare to drinking water standards, and where their water comes from.  The reports must be provided annually before July 1, and, in most cases, are mailed directly to customers' homes (www.epa.gov/safewater/faq/faq.html). Water suppliers are also required by the EPA to notify the public of potential drinking water problems. Bottled water companies are not held to these standards

Many studies have shown that there isn’t much of a difference in bottled water compared to tap water. Many times toxins and contaminants can be found in bottled water. Many well know brands including Wal-Mart’s Sam’s Choice have been tested and have shown to contain pollutants. Here’s a report worth checking out- www.ewg.org/reports/BottledWater/Bottled-Water-Quality-Investigation.

Wal-Mart, America’s beloved store got into a little trouble with the FDA. Apparently their water can give you cancer Walmart’s Sam’s Choice bottled water purchased at several locations in the San Francisco bay area was polluted with disinfection byproducts called trihalomethanes at levels that exceed the state’s legal limit for bottled water (CDPR 2008). These byproducts are linked to cancer and reproductive problems and form when disinfectants react with residual pollution in the water. Las Vegas tap water was the source for these bottles, according to Walmart representatives (EWG 2008). It’s like smoking cigarettes except you don’t get the nicotine.

Whether you're drinking water out of a store bought bottle or from a glass filled form your own tap you’re probably not going to get cancer or die. Next time you take a sip from that Sam’s Choice bottle think about what might be floating around in the bottle.

 

Comments

Bottled water

That is disgusting and disturbing about the Walmart water!  

Bottled water makes me so mad.   Most communities have perfectly fine tap water.  There is generally no need for bottled water at all!

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