Bottled Water: Illusions of Purity
Despite the marketing, bottled water is not safer than tap water. In fact, tap water is subject to more stringent regulation that bottled water. Tap water is regulated by the EPA, while bottled water is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Perpetually under-funded and short-staffed, FDA has a poor record of protecting consumer health and safety. FDA sends inspectors to bottling plants once every two to three years.
Get the Facts
- In 2009, almost 50 percent of all bottled water came from municipal tap water supplies.
- According to a 2010 survey, only 3 companies provide the public with the same level of information available for tap water. This includes where the water came from, how it was treated and what the results of the water quality tests were.
- Independent testing of bottled water conducted by the Environmental Working Group in 2008 found that 10 popular brands of bottled water, purchased from grocery stores and other retailers in 9 states and the District of Columbia, contained 38 chemical pollutants, with an average of 8 contaminants in each brand.
What You Can Do
- Reduce your bottled water consumption.
- Carry your own bottle. Lined aluminum, glass, or stainless steel are alernatives to plastic bottles.
- Take the pledge to break the bottled water habit and spread the word!