Bottled water, because it is defined as a “food” under federal regulations, is under the authority of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) while the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—under much stricter standards—regulates tap water. Thus, bottled water, depending upon the brand, may actually be less clean and safe than 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.
Facts about Bottled Water:
-Billions of plastic water bottles a year end up in the trash and 90% end up in landfills
-Over 250 million barrels of oil per year are used to produce plastic bottles
-Over 40% of bottled water is from a municipal water source and some is more contaminated than municipal water.
-Almost all bottled water is acidic
-Plastic bottles can leach dioxin, a known carcinogen, into its fluid contents.
What about Tap water as an alternative?
-Tap water could contain up to 90 legally allowable chemicals.
-Tap water contains chlorine and chlorine by-products which have been linked to bladder, breast cancer and other cancers.
-The chlorine used to kill bacteria in tap water also kills healthy bacteria in your gut.
So what’s the alternative? Get a simple carbon water filter and drink your own tap water. Fill a glass, stainless steel or hard plastic container to take to work or school. But be aware; pufification is just the first step. Many health experts recommend consumption of hexagonal Kangen water produced through ionization because it provides ample anti-oxident power, is vastly more hydrating compared to any other kind of water, and is alkaline.