New Study Finds that Bottled Water Contains as Much Contaminants as Tap Water

by wfnblog on October 16, 2008

A recent study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that bottled water contains chemical contaminants at levels routinely found in tap water. The findings are not new, however, as several recent studies have raised doubts about the image of bottled water as more pure than typical drinking water.

The EWG study concluded, “Our tests strongly indicate that the purity of bottled water cannot be trusted. Given the industry’s refusal to make available data to support their claims of superiority, consumer confidence in the purity of bottled water is simply not justified.”

The news for consumers, however, doesn’t have to be that bad. Even though the bottled water industry has come under increased scrutiny in regards to quality, consumers have another option: water filters.

Consumers can simply purchase a water filter that is highly rated and not worry about the water quality of bottled or tap water. High-quality water filters can remove contaminants typically found in tap water, thus making drinking water more safe and affordable. And with many water filters, the consumer has the ability to screen for certain contaminants depending on his or her preferences.

Now that consumers are starting to recognize that a water filter in their home can provide better quality water, we are seeing significant growth in sales. The news media has been instrumental in educating consumers about these choices, and the results are noticeable.

In addition to the quality and safety that water filters can provide, they also offer consumers price savings and the opportunity to help preserve the environment. A bottle of water generally costs $1.00 (U.S.). Multiply that cost by the amount of bottles a typical person or family will drink in a day, week or year—and you have a significant investment without the added benefit of quality. And considering the current state of the American economy, families could use the added savings associated with water filters.

Finally, consumers using water filters instead of bottled water are saving landfills and contributing to a greener America, since the waste associated with bottled water is a significant detriment to the product.

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rogerb October 29, 2008 at 1:54 pm

I believe the bottle water phenomenon is due to convenience. The cost of a basic counter-top water filter pays for itself in a short time. Filters that come with a reusable bottle or decanter are more likely to curb the impulse buy of plastic bottles. Consumers should be encouraged to buy a reusable bottle when purchasing a water filter.


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