7 Bottled Water Myths – Busted

Published On March 1, 2012 | By Tomás Bosque | Articles

Bottled Water Myths

In a recent study, bottled water users were twice as likely as non-users to cite health for their choice of beverage. 56% of bottled water users cited taste and 55 percent cited convenience as the strongest influences on their decision to drink bottled water. Slightly more than one in three users of bottled water said their trust in the treatment and the source of the water as reasons that influenced their choice of beverage.

Overall, people choose bottled water for a variety of reasons. Check out the list below as we bust the 7 most popular bottled water marketing myths.

Bottled Water Better for your Health

Better for your Health

You know bottled water is best because… Choosing bottled water is the healthiest choice. Drinking bottled water will increase your vitality, refresh your emotions, and provide the cleanest water to your body.

The fact of the matter is… Bottled water may be hurting your health. A new study suggests plastic bottles release small amounts of chemicals over long periods of time. The longer water is stored in plastic bottles, the higher the concentration of a potentially harmful chemical, a new study suggests.

The research involved 132 brands of bottled water from 28 countries produced in containers made from polyethylene terephthalate, or PET.

Research found that the concentration of certain chemicals, such as antimony, increases the longer the water sits in the plastic bottle. It increases over time because the plastic is leaching chemicals into the water. Antimony is a white metallic element that in small doses can cause nausea, dizziness and depression. In large doses, it can be fatal. Antimony is similar chemically to lead. It is also a potentially toxic trace element.

Resource: http://www.cbc.ca/news/story/2006/12/21/bottle-study.html

Bottled Water Tastes Better

Tastes Better

You know bottled water is best because… the taste is always superior to boring tap water. Bottled water contains taste enzymes that invigorate your senses, enhance your mood, and give you a refreshed feeling.

The fact of the matter is… In taste test after taste test, people can’t tell the difference between bottled water and tap water. Corporate Accountability International’s “Think Outside the Bottle” campaign has held countless taste tests comparing bottled water to tap water, as have many media outlets, from The New York Times to Cleveland’s local TV news channel. The results generally favor tap water. Ultimately, however, the point isn’t whether one tastes better than the other—its how our tastes are shaped by advertising, rather than by what’s good for us. Between 10 and 15 percent of the price of a bottle of water goes to cover advertising costs. We not only buy their myths, it turns out we pay extra for them.

In an interesting study conducted by Showtime television, the hosts found that 75% of tested New York City residents actually preferred tap water over bottled water in a blind taste test. While taste is certainly highly subjective, this study shows that bottled water essentially holds nothing over tap water. In many cases, bottled water is no purer than tap water, and it may not even taste better.

Resources: www.storyofstuff.org/sos_downloads/PDFs/more-info/more-info-SoBW.pdf; Ferrier, Catherine, “Bottled Water: Understanding a Social Phenomenon,” World Wildlife Fund, April 2001.

Convenient and Cheap to Buy

You know bottled water is best because… bottled water is convenient and cheap to buy.

The fact of the matter is… Bottled water costs 240 to over 10,000 times more per gallon than tap water. Most municipal water costs less than 1 cent per gallon. Public drinking water sources are becoming more convenient with the renaissance of public hydration stations, water fountains, and organizations like TapIt that provide public drinking water information.

In San Francisco, the municipal water comes from inside Yosemite National Park. It’s so good the EPA doesn’t require San Francisco to filter it. If you bought and drank a bottle of Evian, you could refill that bottle once a day for 10 years, 5 months, and 21 days with San Francisco tap water before that water would cost $1.35. Put another way, if the water we use at home cost what even cheap bottled water costs, our monthly water bills would run $9,000!

What is more convenient than nearly-free water running from your kitchen tap, and from public sources in schools, parks, offices, and sports stadiums? Sadly, we have come to confuse “disposability” with convenience; but there is nothing convenient about shipping water thousands of miles from its source, or all the waste and other costs associated with needless production and disposal of plastics. Use a reusable bottle when you are out in public places and fill up at existing water sources. Having trouble deciding what type of bottle to purchase? We’ve discussed in detail our take on which reusable bottle is right for you in another post.

Resource: http://www.nrdc.org/water/drinking/bw/chap1.asp

Less Chemicals and Safer

You know bottled water is best because… bottled water is much safer than tap water since it doesn’t contain any chemicals harmful to humans. Bottled water is the ideal choice for people concerned about water safety.

The fact of the matter is… Bottled water, depending upon the brand, may actually be less clean and safe than tap water. Defined as a “food” under federal regulations, bottled water is under the authority of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) while the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – under much stricter standards – regulates tap water. The EPA mandates that local water treatment plants provide city residents with a detailed account of tap water’s source and the results of any testing, including contaminant level violations. Bottled water companies are under no such directives.

Also, while municipal water systems must test for harmful microbiological content in water several times a day, bottled water companies are required to test for these microbes only once a week.

Similarly, public water systems are required to test for chemical water contaminants four times as often as bottled water companies. In addition, loopholes in the FDA’s testing policy do not require the same standards for water that is bottled and sold in the same state, meaning that a significant number of bottles have undergone almost no regulation or testing.

Even under the more lax standards of the FDA, bottled water companies do not always comply with standardized contaminant levels.

Alarmingly, the 1999 NRDC study found that 18 of the 103 bottled water brands tested contained, in at least one sample, “more bacteria than allowed under microbiological-purity guidelines.”

Also, about one fifth of the brands tested positive for the presence of synthetic chemicals, such as industrial chemicals and chemicals used in manufacturing plastic like phthalate, a harmful chemical that leaches into bottled water from its plastic container. In addition, bottled water companies are not required to test for cryptosporidium, the chlorine-resistant protozoan that infected more than 400,000 Milwaukee residents in 1993. Bottled water companies, because they are not under the same accountability standards as municipal water systems, may provide a significantly lower quality of water than the water one typically receives from the tap.

Resource http://www.allaboutwater.org/regulations.html

Recycling Programs Reduce Waste

You know bottled water is best because… Plastic bottles are recyclable, and are being made with thinner plastics, making them increasingly “green”.

The fact of the matter is… Some 4 billion PET bottles end up in the U.S. waste stream each year, costing cities some $70 million in cleanup and land?ll costs. A plastic water bottle can take up to 1000 years to degrade in a land?ll; when plastic is burned in incinerators, it releases dioxins, some of the most harmful manmade chemicals that exist. And most recycling is actually down-cycling: making lower quality products than the originals, and requiring the addition of virgin plastics and toxic chemicals in the process. There is nothing green about that. More than 2.4 billion pounds of plastic bottles were recycled in 2008. Although the amount of plastic bottles recycled in the U.S. has grown every year since 1990, the actual recycling rate remains steady at around 27 percent.

Bottled water produces up to 1.5 million tons of plastic waste per year. According to Food and Water Watch, that plastic requires up to 47 million gallons of oil per year to produce.

Plastic waste is now at such a volume that vast eddies of current-bound plastic trash now spin endlessly in the world’s major oceans. This represents a great risk to marine life, killing birds and fish which mistake our garbage for food. Thanks to its slow decay rate, the vast majority of all plastics ever produced still exist – somewhere.

Resources: http://www.productpolicy.org; http://www.container-recycling.org; See McDonough and Braungart, Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things (2002); http://earth911.com/recycling/plastic/plastic-bottle-recycling-facts/

Bottling Factories Help Create Jobs in Small Communities

You know bottled water is best because… the factories that produce bottled water help create jobs and help local economies.

The fact of the matter is… Multinational corporations are stepping in to purchase groundwater and distribution rights wherever they can, and the bottled water industry is an important component in their drive to commoditize what many feel is a basic human right: the access to safe and affordable water.

In the documentary film Thirst, authors Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman demonstrated the rapid worldwide privatization of municipal water supplies, and the effect these purchases are having on local economies.

Water is being called the “Blue Gold” of the 21st century. Thanks to increasing urbanization and population, shifting climates and industrial pollution, fresh water is becoming humanity’s most precious resource.

Overall, bottled water facilities employ few people. In 2006, the nation‚ 628 water-bottling plants employed fewer than 15,000 people, so each plant averaged only around 24 employees.

As studies have shown, when a new bottling plant comes to a town, the couple dozen jobs it does bring benefit mostly people from outside the community, not the residents who gave up control over their water for the promise of jobs. In the long-term, one study says, a town’s residents occupy only 10 to 40 percent of all new jobs created by overall employment growth.

A typical bottled water plant with 24 workers will employ between two and 10 local residents. This is a far cry from what towns expect when they sign control of their water away to corporate interests.

Resources: http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/factsheet/bottled-water-jobs/; http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/stories/5-reasons-not-to-drink-bottled-water

Comes from Artisan Springs in the Mountains

You know bottled water is best because… it comes from untouched springs in the high mountains, never previously touched by humans.

The fact of the matter is… An estimated 25 percent or more of bottled water is really just tap water in a bottle -sometimes further treated, sometimes not. In one case, a brand of bottled water, advertised as “pure, glacier water,” was found to be taken from a municipal water supply while another brand, flaunted as “spring water,” was pumped from a water source next to a hazardous waste dumping site. While “purified tap water” is arguably safer and purer than untreated tap water (depending upon the purification methods), a consumer should expect to receive something more than reconstituted tap water for the exceptional prices of bottled water.

If bottled water does not necessarily offer purer water than tap water, surely it provides a better tasting water product, right? The answer to this question is no. Bottled water does not always taste better than tap water.

Recent allegations against the Coca-Cola Company and its brand name of bottled water, Dasani, have publicly highlighted one of the biggest misconceptions about the quality of bottled water. Coca-Cola, advertising its bottled water as “pure, still water,” is now being investigated for misleading consumers about the true nature of the contents of its bottles. Rather than deriving its water from natural springs, Coca-Cola had actually been filling its Dasani bottles with purified tap water.

Resource: http://www.allaboutwater.org/tap-water.html

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47 Responses to 7 Bottled Water Myths – Busted

  1. MOGAN says:

    HI I LOVE YOUR BLOOD WATER BOTTEL MISSION

    • Pete says:

      Tap water in my apartment complex tastest like chlorine and if I pour two glasses of water, one from the tap and another from bottles spring water, and ask my wife to mix the glasses while Im not looking, I can tell every time which glass contains tap water after tasting it. So your post is full of shit. Our city adds chlorine, chloramide and fluoride to our tap water. I choose the alternative water bottle.

      Thanks.

      • Jessica says:

        It really depends where you live and how your tap water is treated

      • It does make a difference where you live. But have you ever looked at the ingredients and descriptions of some water bottles? Many are reverse osmosis water. You can save a lot of money by buying an RO unit and doing it yourself than buying water.

      • Peter says:

        Just get a water filter. You can get something as inexpensive as a Brita filter, or something like the Big Berkey with filter elements that will filter up to 6000 gallons of water without replacement (dual elements, 3000 gallons per element). That’s a lot of bottles.

      • AD says:

        I agree with Pete. I went 10 for 10 guessing the chlorine tap water every time. I can smell it at work water fountains and in public restaurants. It stinks. Unfortunately, I believe 99% of the bottled water industry are a bunch of liars and crooks.

      • Trevor Trevorrow says:

        Well said. I’ve tasted water like that too.

  2. Laura says:

    Thanks for this interesting article!

    • Ken Finley says:

      I have Prostate cancer and water is very important for me; and I recently discovered Essentia 9.5 PH which a high PH BALANCE is good for cancer patients and the product is good for the akalining of the cells. What do you think of this water and the bottling of the water? Thanks

      • Robert says:

        Hi Ken. Don’t bother with that high PH BS. ‘Alkalining of the cells’ is a junk science claim for marketing purposes. The Canadian Cancer Society confirms this. Your stomach is so acidic, once that alkaline water enters it would be quickly neutralized. Externally changing the PH of your stomach through antacids, etc on a continuing basis is also not a good idea unless doctor supervised. Don’t let selfish people take advantage of the sick.

      • bob says:

        zero biological knowledge here.

        If your blood pH changes you’ll die.

  3. Jim says:

    Tap water contains Flouride which is poisonious to human health and directly causes calcification in the pineal gland unbalancing Seritonin and melatonin levels. This creates many health issues in the body. The only truth stated is how bad plastic bottles are. This article is ignorant and down right wrong. Use BPA free blue plastic, purchase only purified, reverse osmosis and alkaline water.

    • Dan says:

      Hogwash. Every reputable health organization in the world has studied fluoridation and agreed that the dental benefits are significant and the adverse health effects are speculative. The opposition to fluoridation has predominantly come from individuals or radical groups which oppose fluoridation on ethical grounds by claiming it is a means of ‘mass medication’ by oppressive governments. To support their anti-government positions, they have sought any medical opinions they could find, however specious, to use as ‘proof’ of the evils of fluoridation. The Europeans gave in to Green Party blackmail to remove fluoride from the water, but then added it back to their salt.
      But for sake of argument, let’s assume fluoridation can have adverse effects. If so, and if this article is correct about a significant number of bottled waters being only filtered tap water, then the bottled-water drinker is not escaping any perceived fluoridation ‘poisoning’, and further, if it is unknown which of the bottled water companies use tap water, and further, if the source is not tap water and therefore even more suspect as to the actual content, then the bottled water drinker has no more margin of safety than if he or she simply threw away the plastic bottles and drank out of the garden hose.
      Talk to someone who grew up on well water and has rotted teeth by the age of 40 to see what benefit fluoridation could have provided.

      • Scott says:

        Dan,
        Do you actually have any conformation of any alleged health benefits from fluoridation of water? Or are you just regurgitating the same lies and bull-crap we have been fed our entire lives by our now “‘in your face” corrupt government. Sodium Fluoride. the alleged dentally beneficial additive to our tap water is the main and only active ingredient in rat poison. Tests have shown it to actually have a detrimental effect on dental health. And it was first used in the water supply in the Jewish concentration camps by the Nazis in WW II. they found it to have a pacifying effect on humans in small doses, If you can cite studies from any reputable health organization that found health benefits from humans ingesting Sodium Fuoride then please cite them, I would be interested in reading them.. I would be delighted to discover we are not being poisoned by our supposedly wise leaders.

        • A curious reader says:

          Although all of you people are probably telling the truth, is anyone here actually giving proof? You people do realize, that you can just make this stuff up. Perhaps a little citing? A bibliography would certainly help prove your point, or just giving a few links. However, this is just a suggestion and you people can ignore it if you wish too.

          • Hannah Ellsbury says:

            Hello Scott,

            Thanks for the comment. I am not sure if they were simply overlooked, but all of the 7 myths mentioned in this article are cited.

        • Ed says:

          Hahaha Scott, that was too funny!

          “Sodium Fluoride. the alleged dentally beneficial additive to our tap water is the main and only active ingredient in rat poison.”

          Apple seeds may contain trace amounts of cyanide. The same chemical (oh no it’s a chemical run for your lives!) that suicide pills are comprised of. This is a potential disaster; let’s ban all apples and destroy every trace of apple tree in the entire world!
          I’ll agree with you that it’s toxic but hey, so is anything in high doses. Selenium, toxic in high amounts, yet it’s in those Centrum supplement tablets? What a heinous plot to destroy our livelihoods and turn this nation into a communist state! Seriously though, that’s why they slap a warning saying not to take more than one tablet a day…

          “Tests have shown it to actually have a detrimental effect on dental health.”

          What tests, and more importantly, by whom?

          “And it was first used in the water supply in the Jewish concentration camps by the Nazis in WW II. they found it to have a pacifying effect on humans in small doses”

          Sources? Just from reading this bit I can tell it’s already been taken out of context.

          “If you can cite studies from any reputable health organization that found health benefits from humans ingesting Sodium Fuoride then please cite them, I would be interested in reading them.”

          Oh yeah because that’s completely and absolutely fair, WE have to provide evidence of water fluoridation not posing a risk to human health (PubMed has at least 6000 references to studies regarding this topic – it has been studied to death.), WE have to accept your argument that lacks any credible sources whatsoever, because you think you are right, therefore you win the argument. WE have to expend the effort to debunk your junk but you’re not required to do a simple google search debunking the whole water fluoridation conspiracy.

          I applaud your logic.

          • Jonathan says:

            Bottom line, it should be a choice. The folks who want fluoride in their water should have to buy it in a pharmacy as a health supplement. No chemical regardless of how safe or unsafe people claim it to be should not be forcefed to people too poor to afford those pricey reverse osmosis machines or other devices used to filter the chemical additives which or added to our water. (Regardless of whether they be necessary or unecessary according to whatever “reliable” source says it is or isn’t) It should be a choice…

          • Scott says:

            I agree with Jonathan about no chemical should be forced on us, especially Dihydrogen Monoxide.

      • Someone says:

        Actually, Harvard did a study on fluoride and proved that it reduces your IQ by 10 points. Search Google it will come up.

      • Chris says:

        Truth be told mate… That other guy sounds like a uneducated ostrich. They add floride to save on the cost of public dental funds if it had il health effects it would cost them more! As soon as I moved states in my teens to qld (no water fluoride) my teeth went to shit in a year. Moved back years later and no more decay. Plus what do u brush with if u give a hoot about fluoride ? Its in tooth pastes

      • Donna says:

        That’s a downright lie, fluoride is not good for dental issues at all, you look at the fluorosis crisis in fluoridated areas. Its also increasing the more areas that are getting fluoridated. Some actual research on this matter will tell you than rather than stating some bullshit fraudulent claim.

      • Nathan says:

        Studies done in Europe show that in the last 50 years since flouride was introduced into the states, Europe has had the same outcome without flouride. Flouride is bad for the brain. Do you wonder why more and more kids have mental diseases now and and Alzheimers is really high now? Not only the flouride but probanly aluminium being dumped into tge air. Using flouride has been proven to not ne any better than not using flouride. The facts are, dental hygiene is just better now. People floss and brish tjere teeth. Flossing ia the most important part. Ive been flouride free for over a year now and actually dont have cavities this year. Probably from also eating a lot healthier too.

    • Mark Doomery says:

      Great comment thanks Jim the main reason for not consuming tap water would have to be the sodium fluoride that is added to it.

    • AD says:

      Jim, you must be talking about fluoride at a much higher level. Fluoride is essential for healthy teeth especially in very young children (ages 1-4). Growing up in a well water house, I seen first hand the results of non-fluoride water and it was lots of rotting teeth.

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  5. bob says:

    Anyone living in a municipality which has fluoridated water probably could tell the difference between spring and tap water. I know I can, heck I can SMELL it, don’t even need to taste it.

    Dont forget the chlorine in there also. Good stuff for ingesting I’m sure.

    • Jonathan says:

      I have to agree strongly. As soon as I start the water anywhere in my house It instantly smells like a swimming pool. And the taste is horrendous. It gives me bad stomach upset too. I’d rathed deal with the plastic bottles over tap. At least I can stomach that although even that has a plastic aftertaste. Too poor to afford a reverse osmosis machine unfortunately, so I have to pick my poison wisely(and literally!)

  6. jenn says:

    sorry, but different water does taste different. NYC water is actually pretty well known for tasting awesome (and incidentally, isn’t technically kosher due to many microscopic crustaceans). i drink tap water now that i’ve moved back to ohio (where the water tastes slightly metallic), but i hated the water in silicon valley (very strong chemical and slight alkaline taste). evian and arrowhead are disgusting to me (very alkaline – almost like someone dissolved a bunch of baking soda in it. aquafina and dasani have more of a metallic taste (that i prefer), and crystal geyser is pretty neutral.

  7. Jeff Duchin says:

    Tap water contains Disinfection Byproducts (DBP’s); including chlorine, a known carcinogenic, as well as PCP’s (personal care products – soaps, shampoos, toothpaste, etc.), endocrine disrupters, and pharmaceutical effluents.. . all of which are pretty nasty. Do the research. Here’s an example on just one of these three micro-contaminants: Senate Oversight Hearings into the Associated Press’ survey of pharmaceuticals, found these in the drinking water of over 41 million Americans in 24 major metropolitan areas creating public panic:
    (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23563705/).

  8. Shae says:

    I have a couple of different issues with this article. I am a Quality Assurance Manager within a small water bottling company operating out of eastern Tennessee. First of all, FDA regulations of bottled water are much more stringent than EPA regulations, and companies bottling water are also much more frequently monitored. To quote the IBWA, “On a gallon per gallon basis, bottled water is tested up to 30 times more frequently than tap water.” This statement holds true, at least in my company, because I adhere to a strict quality program that exceeds FDA regulation.

    I cannot speak for all bottled water companies, but our water actually DOES come from a protected spring. We use a spring box collection method, so not only does the water retain it’s natural mineral content, but the source is reliable and sustainable for many, many years to come when compared to borehole collection methods used by many other companies.

    PET bottles are 100% recyclable, and only account for one third of one percent of all waste in the US. While I won’t argue that they are contributing to the amount of plastic waste, it’s barely a drop in a bucket compared to other plastics, especially with public awareness, and with efforts by bottling companies to reduce the weight of their bottles. We as a company started out using a 26 gram bottle, but have now whittled it down to a 9.89 rPET (recycled PET plastic). We are doing our best to do our part and will continue to look into new ways to reduce our environmental footprint.

    I’m not saying that all bottled water companies are equal by any means, I am simply saying that you can’t compare our brand to Dasani, and most definitely not to tap water.

    • Michelle Butler says:

      Shae, What brand bottled water does your company make? I am having a hard time with this whole bottled water thing. Our water at home tastes awful and I have been trying different brands of bottled water but now with ppl. saying bottled water is BAD for you, I am questioning what to do. Seems like everything we eat and drink now is BAD and is poisoning us. Thanks, Michelle

  9. Anonymous says:

    You know what’s funny, this article says nothing about which bottle of waters are bad and only shows images…
    It does mention evian but does not say its bad.

  10. Jehan says:

    Being in the bottled water industry there are a few things I would like to point out.

    Bottled water does not only compete with tap water but also with other beverages especially soft drinks. Compared to these, bottled water is much healthier. Soft drinks have been shown to be a major cause of lifestyle diseases and obesity.

    This article mentions that some bottled water is simply treated tap water. This is true for our business, but there is nothing simple about the treatment. We use the best water treatment technologies available to clean the already safe tap water to a much higher standard. This is really an expensive process using reverse osmosis and activated carbon. There is no way municipalities can clean bulk tapwater to this standard, it is simply to expensive. All prepared water bottlers that I know of in South Africa uses Reverse Osmosis.

    In South Africa at least, bottled water standards are higher than that of tapwater which is based on the World Health Organisation Standards. In tapwater they are only concerned about the chemicals that have been proven by science to be dangerous to health, but there are many other man-made chemicals found in most water sources today for which knowledge is lacking. These are not removed by bulk treatment, but reverse osmosis remove about 95% of most dissolved chemicals. So weather these are safe of not, at least you will not be exposed to them.

    I would recommend that people install small reverse osmosis systems for clean drinking water at home because one thing I hate about bottled water is the plastic pollution. Drink bottled water rather than soft drinks when on the move if you are concerned about health and please recycle.

  11. simon says:

    I had a 48 year long problem with severe asthma and allergies. I deleted any food or drinks that touched a #1 pet/pete plastic, which contains antimony as a fire retardant. I barely have any allergies or asthma. The benefits where shocking. I also found my sex drive skyrocket, my varicose veins go away (that is soooo weird), my skin clear up and my chronic heart burn go away. Everyone that I have told this to and that has deleted #1 plastic from their intake have also seen HUGE benefits. It is poison, period

  12. nisa says:

    very good sharing and informative
    Thank you

  13. Neset Fehmi Sezgin says:

    Me and my girlfriend drink Alkaline water. I have observed her skin became more soft and smooth ever since she started drinking Alkaline water. In the airlplane we have this Saka brand and both of us love it. As a pilot I need to be refreshed with water to avoid dehydration in the air especially long hours flight

    • Peter says:

      How does the water get alkalized? By adding bicarbonate or NaOH? There is absolutely no physical way to make pure H2O alkaline without adding a chemical to it. The alkalizers perform electrolysis on the minute impurities in the water (typically salt, NaCl) and remove the acidic part:

      NaCl + H20 -> NaOH + HCl

      NaOH Is sodium hydroxide, an extremely strong and corrosive alkali also known as lye. It is used to make drain cleaners and soap. HCl is hydrochloric acid, an extremely strong and corrosive acid that is a component of the digestive juices in your stomach.

      Granted, these chemicals exist in just minute quantities in the water you drink, but you should still be aware of their presence. The NaOH is what makes your water alkaline. My wife and I got a demonstration of one of these $1400 alkalizers a few years ago. I drank a couple of glasses of the water, and I had diarrhea the next day. Needless to say, I did not buy it. This is not to say that these miniscule amounts of NaOH will harm you, but you should be aware of their presence. It is *not* pure water that is somehow magically made alkaline by rearranging the molecules.

  14. Jero says:

    The fact of the matter is….. that water from the Tap in UK is so disgusting that I am forced to drink from plastic bottles if i want or not…
    The fact of the matter is…. that the government will always say that the tapwater is safe to drink while the taste is so bad that I simply can’t.
    The fact of the matter is…. that the “English” still add Fluoride to our drinking water if we want it or not and nobody knows exactly what the results are for human beings health when this accumulates in our body. Yes, accumulates because it never leaves the body.

    The fact of the matter is… that I have learned to not trust any company if they need to earn money and claims that drinking from plastic bottles is not harmfull for our health actually The fact of the matter is that I don’t trust anything a company tells me or writes in any public article. As long as they need to make money they will lie.

    The greed and the hunger for money is what makes us all sick and I am so tired of of this system

  15. Human says:

    Sometimes it’s true that tap water does taste worse than bottled water and even tap water may taste metalic but I think it could be safer to drink than bottled water. To make plastic you probably need a lot of chemicals and other stuff so those chemicals could seep into the water we drink. And also it probably costs more to buy bottled water than just drinking tap water.

  16. john says:

    It should be “fewer chemicals” not “less”. Great article though.

  17. Vince L. says:

    I know no one wants to hear this, but the safest bottle, in regards to it’s effects on the toxicity of the water inside, is glass. Glass does not leach anything into the water. Everything else does, including stainless steel bottles.

  18. Amber says:

    Great information!

  19. bob says:

    When I worked for the municipal water authority other employees would routinely pee and poop in the supposedly treated water that was headed for your tap. We also received word that most every water authority has a few people who will do this. I reported it to my supervisor and he suggested that I put in a well.

  20. kim thurston says:

    While some of the things mentioned have been reported in mainstream news sources (unfortunately that is the only thing the everyday person has to go on), I would have to believe that a website named “ban the bottle” may have an agenda that might make them skew the “facts”. Much like the mainstream news manipulates the facts and truth to further THEIR agenda.

  21. edward daigle says:

    tap water would be better if fluoride wasn’t added but fluoride is added to the water in most US cities and contrary to the hype, it does not prevent tooth decay, and it has many health problems including hypothyroidism. See the web site ” The great fluoride deception” regular filters will not remove the fluoride, you must use reverse osmosis or a special filter. Ed Daigle

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