Bottled Water 101 in 400 words.

Bottled Water 101 in 400 words.

We all know that plastic bottles are terrible for the environment but did you know that the majority of bottled water companies get their water from the same municipal water supplies as you do in your home? Sometimes they will even go so far as to drain lakes, natural springs or even ground water to get their supply, even in times of crisis such as extreme drought,. They decimate community water sources and disrupt ecosystems. Then (sometimes) they filter it and then they package it into plastic bottles with pretty labels depicting pristine springs and beautiful mountain scenes all the while charging the consumer astronomical prices for a product that isn’t what it says it is. It’s a harmful and deceitful business practice that should be made public knowledge but they do their very best to keep this information under wraps.

Bottled water companies know bottled water isn’t good for you or the environment. Companies who have been delivering bottled water for years have only recently started providing water systems that filter water on site. They certainly don’t make a point of informing the customer of the better option. If you go to the company websites, there is rarely much advertising, if any, about POU coolers or filtering systems. They still push for bottle sales because it’s better for their bottom line. They didn’t start carrying filter systems because they know it’s better than bottled water. It’s because consumers are becoming informed about the real dangers of bottled water and they have no other option.

Another little known fact that bottled water companies don’t want you to know is that they are not required to conform to the same safety standards of water testing as municipalities. One company who provides water locally boasts claims of regular water testing, even going so far as posting one water report on their site. What they don’t include in their report is a date or what lab performed the test. How is the consumer supposed to trust this information? There was also no mention of microplastics (a topic I’ll touch on in another post), one of the most concerning problems we’re faced with when it comes to bottled water and safety. What does this mean for you? It means the bottled water you’re consuming is quite possibly far worse than the water coming from your tap.

Coming soon…
What the heck are Microplastics?
Expiration dates and shelf life of bottled water…
The storage and handling of bottled water…
The evolution …and devolution of bottled water…
Types of filtration. Huh?