Is Your Bottled Water Really Safe?
Are Consumers Wasting Millions on Bottled Water?
If you're buying bottled water, you probably do it because you think it's healthier than tap water. That's why most consumers buy the bottled water off the grocery store shelves. Surprisingly, some bottled water isn't healthier than tap water. In fact, some of it is worse. Before you buy another bottle of H2O, there are some things you need to know...
Some Surprising Facts
What if I told you that some of the big name bottled water brands really use tap water and not healthy spring or mineral water? Think I'd be lying? I'm not. Aquafina and Dasani both bottle tap water - not spring water - and sell it at a huge markup to the unsuspecting public.
Now, Aquafina and Dasani don't come straight out of the tap and into the bottle. They do put it through a reverse osmosis purification process, but you could also do that at home with a reverse osmosis filter. Invest less than $200 in the system and over time it could save you quite a bit of money.
However, Dasani and Aquafina aren't the biggest problems out there. It gets worse. There has been at least one bottled water company who claims their bottled water is "glacier water" but it actually comes from a public water utility in Alaska.
What to hear something even more scary? At one point water near a waste site had been sold to bottled water companies. That unhealthy water was then consumed by the water-buying public. They paid for the privilege of disgusting water.
Add all of this to the fact that the plastic you keep your bottled water in can actually cause chemicals to leak into the drink and bottled water really doesn't add up.
What to Do
So how do you drink enough water without turning to bottled water to do it? Buy a water filter or a reverse osmosis system for your water. It will produce water that is just as good as most bottled water and it costs a lot less. You can also buy a canteen to take with you when you need bottled water on the go.
The next time you find yourself tempted to buy a case of bottled water, ask yourself where exactly does that water come from and is the risk worth the price?