If you want your body, you should drink plastic bottled water only if there is absolutely no alternative. Plastic bottled water should be used in truly extreme situation – if you are in area without reliable water supply or a desert. Happily, most of us are not in those situations and alternatives are easily available.
According to the Natural Resources Defense Council website:
- City tap water can have no confirmed E. coli or fecal coliform bacteria (bacteria that are indications of possible contamination by fecal matter). FDA bottled water does not have to follow these rules.
- City tap water from surface water must be filtered and disinfected. There are no federal filtration or disinfection requirements for bottled water programs.
- Bottled water plants must test for coliform bacteria just once a week; big-city tap water must be tested 100 or more times a month.
In mineral water can be found a variety of organisms, such as coliforms. This organisms can survive for a considerable length of time, particularly in uncarbonated water supplied in plastic bottles.
According to the Pacific Institute, a global sustainable water think tank, producing the water bottles for American consumption in 2006 required the equivalent of more than:
- 17 million barrels of oil, not including the energy for transportation.
- Bottling water produced more than 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide.
- It took 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water.
When drinking bottled water, think about the environment. The plastic bottles takes 450 to 1000 years to degrade! Only one out of seven bottles of water end up in recycling plants.
We are spending thousands of times the amount of money on bottled water than we would for tap water.
To create the plastics for bottled water is used a lot of chemicals. There are a lot of studies that shows how the plastic compound can leak into the water. Bisphenol A (BPA) acts like a hormone in our bodies which has been linked to a higher rate of breast cancer.
In a research study is made comparison of bottled water versus tap water. The bacteria levels were higher in most of the bottled water samples taken than they were for the tap water. In some cases, the bacteria was much higher than the tap water.
“The 15 samples of bottled water that were not as pure as tap water contained significantly more bacteria. Of those 15 samples, the bacterial counts were more than twice that of the most contaminated tap water sample drawn from the water plants to almost 2000 times that of the highest tested tap water sample.”, according to some researchers.
We recommend you to find a link to your own local tap water quality Consumer Confidence Report or purchase a water quality tester that will allow you to test the water quality. You can compare the results between home tap water and bottled water. We also suggest you to buy home filtration system. It will give you an even more purified water source at your tap.