The Real Story on Bottled Water

BOTTLED WATER ISN'T WHAT ITS "JUGGED" UP TO BE!
"Despite attractive labeling, 70% of the bottled water in the United States is actually obtained from municipal sources and reprocessed. Since the standards for bottled water are no more stringent or more rigorously enforced than those for drinking water delivered to the tap, there is NO ASSURANCE that this water is any more or less free from toxic chemical contamination."
(CEI ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW)
. . . AND WHAT A SURPRISE! LOOK WHAT THE EPA FOUND OUT ABOUT BOTTLED WATER . . .

In a bottled water study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that surveyed, 25 bottling facilities and 50 different bottled water samples, some interesting facts emerged:

  1. NONE of the 25 bottlers reported ever having a complete chemical analysis of finished water.
  2. Based upon criteria covering eight sanitation categories, it was found that in many cases bottling was NOT performed under sanitary conditions. Sanitary deficiencies were found in all facilities surveyed.
  3. Plastic bottles arrive at the plant in cardboard cartons and are shipped without caps, thus the interiors are exposed to air-borne contamination and the presence of foreign matter. Yet, these bottles are presumed by the bottlers to be sanitary enough to be filled without even rinsing.
  4. Glass bottles are usually washed with a hot caustic solution but the temperature or strength of the caustic solution is SELDOM MONITORED. Bottle caps are sometimes used directly from the packages in which they are received, sometimes (but not always) disinfected and frequently placed on by hand.
  5. The significance of employee sanitation and facility maintenance is that the product water is subject to contamination, not only from the containers, but also from the physical surroundings and the people who come in contact with any part of the bottling operation.
  6. In some cases, labeling of bottled water did not correspond with the contents revealed by chemical analysis. Results of chemical analysis revealed trace amounts of the following in virtually every sample: CHLORINE, sulfate, NITRATE, copper, manganese, lead, Iron, mercury, and ARSENIC.
  7. The US. Food and Drug Administratlon (FDA) has established quallty standards for bottled water which are essentially equivalent to the EPA standards in effect for tap water. However, there is no monitoring program [or bottled water as there is {or tap water....

NO DIFFERENCE FOUND BETWEEN BOTTLED WATER AND TAP WATER.

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