has been described as "one of the
greatest cons of the 20th century" and as
"marketing's answer to the emperor's new clothes".
water contamination incidents must be reported promptly to the public, the
same is not true for bottled water,
(see the list of
more than 100 bottled water recalls)
In 22 percent
of brands tested, chemical contaminants were found at levels above
state health limits. Some of the contaminants found in the study could
pose health risks if
consumed over a long period of time.
found that a high percentage of bottled water, contained in plastic
Bottled water versus tap water
In a study
comparing 57 bottled water samples and tap water samples, all of the tap water
samples had a
content under 3 CFUs/mL . There were
15 water bottle samples
containing 6-4900 CFUs/mL.
study comparing 25 different bottled waters, most of the samples
exceeded the contaminant level set by
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
and thorium. Being
exposed to these contaminants in high concentration for long periods of time
can cause liver and
kidney damage, and increase
risk for pancreatic and
water manufacturers in the United States either add
fluoride to their product or provide a
fluoridated bottled water product. (Not required to put on the label).
Natural Resources Defense Council,
Sierra Club, and
World Wildlife Fund argue that bottled water is no better than tap
water, and emphasize the environmental effect of disposable plastic
Penn & Teller:
Bullshit! Demonstrated that diners could not
discern between bottled water and water from a garden hose behind the
Bottled water Environmental Impacts
90 percent of
the cost of bottled water is bottling, packaging, shipping, marketing,
retailing, expenses and profit.
Environmental suffers from groundwater extraction, energy used in plastic
packaging, transportation costs, water quality, all resulting from
invalid marketing claims.
Bottled Water in
(PET), requires a significant amount of energy to produce. In the US, plastic
used to create bottles uses an estimated 15 million barrels of oil annually.
Your Bottled Water Worth It?: Find Your Water
Bottled Water http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bottled_water