Saturday, October 6, 2012

Is bottled water better?

Bottled water is not necessarily healthier or safer than tap water. In fact, some bottled water is much less healthful than most tap water. Since water is not shipped between states, it does not have to meet federal (Federal Drug Administration, FDA) guidelines for purity. This means that over half of all bottled water is legally allowed to be less pure and sometimes more contaminated than tap water.

Bottled water contains disinfection byproducts, fertilizer residue, and pain medication according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG). Several Sam's Choice samples purchased in California exceeded legal limits for bottled water contaminants in that state. Cancer-causing contaminants in bottled water purchased in 5 states (North Carolina, California, Virginia, Delaware and Maryland) and the District of Columbia substantially exceeded the voluntary standards established by the bottled water industry.

At EWG there is team of scientists, engineers, policy experts, lawyers and computer programmers that research government data, legal documents, scientific studies and our own laboratory tests to expose threats to your health and the environment, and to find solutions. Their research brings to light unsettling facts that you have a right to know.
Tap water has another advantage many people don't know or think about if they do know: it contains fluoride. Fluoride is added to drinking water to strengthen teeth and prevent tooth decay.
For a more in-depth look at this controversy visit: Bottled water quality investigation

Sources: Environmental Working Group (EWG), Associated Press, ABC News, New York Times

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