Popping the Lid on Bottled Water

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By Mark Timmons
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Popping the Lid on Bottled Water

Every day many Americans pop the lid on a water bottle and consume the contents.  Ahhhhhhhhhhh!  Fresh, clean water.  Or is it?  Happily, the answer is YES - most bottled water is safe to drink.  Occasionally, there is a report that some bottled water company fails to meet the requirements, and may be unsafe in some manner, but that is the exception rather than the rule.  The bigger question is:  What is Bottled Water?  If you put sewage water in a bottle and install a cap, it's "bottled water", right?  Now, we are not even insinuating that bottled water is like that, but in some ways the rules are lax for bottled water.  While bottled water is a growing segment of the beverage market, there are still two basic types of bottled water.  Those being "Spring Water" and "High Purity Water."  We will discuss the differences. SPRING WATER - First of all, we need to realize that taste is subjective.  Pepsi or Coke?  Miller or Coors?  Coffee or tea?  You get the picture. The fact of the matter is that most spring water is really not from a spring, but from a well or may even be municipal water.  Spring water is typically water in which the minerals (calcium and magnesium) have not been removed.  Water quality can be measured in TDS (total dissolved solids) and spring water is typically from 150 to 450 ppm (parts per million which is also the same as mg/l - milligrams per liter) of TDS. Isn't the calcium and magnesium good for you?  Sure, but consider this:  WATER IS NOT A SIGNIFICANT SOURCE OF MINERALS.  We believe that you simply don't drink enough water with minerals to have a significant impact on your health. We advise drinking water that you like, whether it be spring water or high purity, because if you like it, you will obviously drink more and more is better. It's a fact that 35,000 chemicals have been invented since World War II and some of these chemicals end up in our water supplies.  Things like MTBE, TCE, PCB, THM, Atrazine, chlorine, antibiotics and other pesticides can be in the water supplies.  This is what makes filtering you water so desirable.  Not only does it taste better, but it's also better for you. HIGH PURITY WATER - This is typically water which has been purified by one of the following processes:  (1) de-ionization; (2) distillation; or (3) reverse osmosis.  It is the opinion of most people who do blind taste tests that deionized and distilled water tastes flat and even bitter.  While slightly (and we do mean ever so slightly) better in purity, reverse osmosis water is typically high in dissolved oxygen which makes water palatable.  The number one selling brand of bottled water in the USA is Aquafina, which is reverse osmosis (RO) water.  The number two selling brand is Dasani, which is also RO water, with a few minerals added back in. So, which bottled water should you drink?  Well, it's a matter of taste, but our advice is that you shouldn't drink bottled water unless you have no other choice.  WHAT?  Why is that, you may ask?  Consider this:
  • Each year more than 10 billion plastic water bottles end up as garbage in landfills.  As the US population increases, the demands on our water resources continue to increase. This puts a huge strain on our environment, but happily there is a way to make a difference and impact this growing trend.
  • Purchasing a home water filtration system or reverse osmosis system can lead to reduced plastic water bottle waste. Instead, make your own water and place it in a reusable bottle. Your average water filter can replace up to 3,000 16oz plastic water bottles saving you money and saving the environment. You are saving a considerable amount of money by filtering your own water and you are saving the environment by eliminating plastic water bottles from the landfill.
What kind of filtration system should you get?  Do the taste test:  Do you like Spring Water (water with minerals)?  Then purchase a home filtration system found HERE.  If you like Aquafina, then purchase a home reverse osmosis system found HERE.   The water you drink will make a difference in your health and can make just as much of a  difference in the environment!
July 15, 2010
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