The Battle Between Bottled Water And Tap Water

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When enjoying themselves in amusement parks and water parks, when people get thirsty they tend to grab the easiest thing at their disposal- bottled water, and many different brands to choose from. Likewise, during the night when people don’t want to make the full trek into the kitchen to grab some water, they just head to the sink and cup their hands to drink the tap water. It’s an easy decision at that moment, people just know that they’re thirsty and that they want the nearest source of water. Are these people really choosing the safest water for their health though? The battle between bottled water and tap water has since long been a debate, and many people don’t know what possible health implications could be from what they’re…show more content…
In study by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in 1999, it revealed that twenty-two percent of the one-thousand water bottles being tested contained an alarming amount of chemicals that surpassed the health limit in one or more states. In addition, out of one-hundred and three brands that were tested, at least eighteen of them were found to have had contained microbiological contaminants, once again exceeding the health limits (Hyder). Although the study is a bit older, the problem of finding chemicals in bottled water has continued. Since the year 2000, there have been nine outbreaks due to contamination in bottled water (Commercially Bottled Water). In 2004, Coca-Cola withdrew its own water bottle brand because of concerns about a possible carcinogen in the water (Ward, Owen, Ryan et al). Carcinogens are “substances and exposures that can lead to cancer”, and the fact that it was a concern in a popular water bottle brand could result in dangerous outcomes (Known and Probable…).
Further proving contaminations in bottled water is another study in 2008 done by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) they analyzed the content of several water bottle brands. Some samples bought in California went over the limits for bottled water contaminants in that state, along with contaminants that could possibly cause cancer found in
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