Bottled Water: What Are You Deadly Drinking?

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What Are You REALLY Drinking?
The U.S. is the largest consumer market for bottled water in the world, followed by Mexico, China, and Brazil. Millions of Americans use bottled water as their primary source of drinking water and about a third of the public consumes it regularly. In fact, sales have tripled in the past 10 years, to about $4 billion a year. People spend over 240 times more per gallon for bottled water than they do for tap water. Do you know why? It’s because they put pretty pictures on the labels that make you think it’s some kind of special water. In one instance a label that had a lake and mountains on it, when it really came from a well in an industrial facility's parking lot. Only later to find out it was near a hazardous
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In many ways more so than the EPA rules for big city tap water. For instance, tap water cannot have any confirmed E. coli or fecal coliform bacteria and the system operators must be certified to ensure that they know how to safely treat and deliver water. However, bottled water companies do not have any rules or regulations concerning either of those topics. FDA also doesn’t count carbonated water or seltzer water sold in bottles in its bottled water standards. If it’s not classified as “bottled water” than what is…show more content…
Cities also have to test at least once a quarter for other chemical contaminants. Water bottlers generally must test only annually. Unfortunately some people have a compromised immune system, like people going through chemo, elderly, babies, or people with AIDS, and use bottled water at the recommendation of health care providers, who suggest that tap water use may be too risky. In the end, is bottled water that much better for them? A comparative study in Cleveland, Ohio noted “The bacterial counts in the bottled water samples ranged from less than 0.01 CFU/mL to 4900 CFUs/mL, including 6 samples with levels substantially above 1000 CFUs/mL. In contrast, bacterial counts in samples of tap water ranged from 0.2 to 2.7 CFUs/mL.”. (Lalumandier & Ayers) If this is in any way reflective of nationwide results, there will be many disappointed bottled water
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