The Naked Truth About Bottled Water
posted Jul. 12, 2008
For all the Canadians out there who are trying to help the enviroment, here is one very large thing you can do to help.
STOP DRINKING BOTTLED WATER!
Approx 17.5 percent of Canadians get their drinking water from bottles. Most bottled water comes in a recyclable plastic bottle but only a small percent of them end up getting recycled.
HERE ARE A FEW THINGS TO THINK ABOUT.
In 2005 2 million tons of plastic water bottles ended up in landfills instead of getting recycled. On top of that, did you ever wonder what is used to make the plastic bottles and what Extra's are being put in to the bottled water???
There are reports that mercury and bromide contamination has been found inside the bottled water that many people drink on a regular basis.
Would you drink any of these things solo?? Chances are your answer would be NO, then why drink them in your bottled water.
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHERE THE WATER COMES FROM?
Well it has been found that Dasani contains tap water from Brampton, Aquafina contains Mississauga tap water and Nestle's Pure Life contains tap water from Guelph. (Thats right folks, Tap Water!!!) Why spend 240 to 10,000 times the amount for bottled tap water when you could get the same tasty water from your home tap.
Since about 25 percent of all bottle water comes from the municipal tap water systems anyways why not save the money for something you really want or need and drink tap water.
Now to answer the question, is bottled "tap" water cleaner than your homes "tap" water?
The bottled water quality standards are regulated by the Canada Food Inspection Agency, however those regulations are not as strict as the Canada Water Quality Guidelines that oversee the quality of public water. So you decide!! But if you still have concerns about you local tap water then get yourself a home water filter as its a much cheaper and less wasteful soulution.
What I've found so troublesome about this issue is there seems to be an enormous corporate interest in selling water and I fear that bottled water is just a steppingstone for the privatisation of our public water utilities.