The Scary Truths About The Bottled Water Industry

Jun 02 2015

To state the obvious, we need water to live. But are we putting ourselves at further risk and danger than we realize by switching to bottled water over tap water?


Clearly, the bottled water industry isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Unfortunately the question remains, are consumers truly receiving a better water product for their money? Keep reading to decide for yourself.

1. Almost half of all bottled water is derived from tap water.

According to a report by the Food and Water Watch, in 2009 47.8% of bottled water actually stemmed from tap water.

*A few years ago a few brands were even forced to change their labels to accurately describe where their water came from.

2. Tap water is EPA regulated, bottled water is not.

Tap water goes through testing and is required to provide its water sources and produce quality reports. While bottled water on the other hand, does not have to meet any of those standards to be distributed. Bottled water has less frequent bacteria testing, and no filtration or disinfection requirements on the federal level. Tap water in the United States, when provided by a municipal system, is one of the most highly monitored and safe supplies in the world.

3. The chemical phthalate is used.

Phthalates are regulated in tap water, unfortunately the FDA continues to exempt bottled water from those regulations. The phthalate chemical is used to soften plastic and make it less brittle. When phthalate is heated it begins to seep into the contents of the bottle, even if it is in your car on a hot day. Phthalates can cause reproductive difficulties, liver problems, and an increased risk of cancer.

4. The bottles often go un-recycled.

Although water bottles are fully recyclable, much of the time that is not the case. According to Charles Fishman Americans use about 50 billion plastic water bottles, unfortunately the U.S.’s recycling rate for plastic is only at 23%–meaning 38 billion water bottles are wasted.

There are reasons to keep bottled water around, like in case of an emergency. But though they are handy and easily accessible, there are other alternatives to the plastic bottles. A stainless steel thermos is just as accessible, and much healthier for you and the environment. Plus, if you don’t like how the tap water in your home tastes, there are options such as carbon filters or even filtered water bottles where you can add lemons and strawberries to to create your own taste! Not only are these options healthier for you, but they are favorable to your wallet as well!

Have more questions about your water or interested in installing a water purific? Call Superior Water & Air today at (208) 343-7683!