Bottled water bad

As I say in my frankenstein voice. Recently bottled water has been getting a back lash from environmental junkies. (Check out this topic on Science Friday) Because of all the waste they cause and the energy it takes to make them. This cracks me up, because growing up in the country my parents were lucky enough to have a natural spring. So for me water always flowed freely straight up out of the ground 24/7 no shut off valve. As you can imagine I just assume that was how it worked for everyone. But now I live in Edinboro, and even though the water is safe and fine it taste absolutely awful. You can do the whole Brita filter merry-go-round, but it is a pain in the butt, and while clearer it doesn’t seem to effect the taste. So, I found myself buying water…. buying water. I still have to say it twice, to me it is still surreal. I tell you what though the accessible and ease of having that bottled always there and ready to go sitting in the fridge is quite nice. Well just as I start to get use to an item they tell me it is bad for you, typical. I don’t plan on over reacting though. Just limit my use to those times I really need the quick convenience of it.


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2 Replies to “Bottled water bad”

  1. I think until the end of time, people will find fault in every product that’s out there. We could have a cure to cancer that’s pure in every shape and form that you could think of, and someone would find something little “wrong” with it just for the sake of attacking it.

    I don’t hold too much weight on these people. I’ll continue to drink bottled water, as well. I mean, what the heck? That’s your own prerogative whether you drink it or not, right? 🙂 Which is worse: the production of bottled water or people getting sick from contaminated water? Hmmm…

  2. I used to work for a state agency that regulates public water systems (PWS), and I appreciate and support the need for maintaining an infrastructure that provides our citizens with safe drinking water. But I abhor activists who turn bottled water into a tabloid issue with nonfactual information and sensationalized frenzies. Where do the folks at shop for bottled water? Anyone can buy a case of 24 0.5 L bottles for the equivalent of $1.58 per gallon or less–one third the price of gasoline. Mr. Doss is also correct about FDA jurisdiction. The bottle of water is a unit, and the entire unit is regulated. So, unless the container, closure, label, and the water itself all come from the same state, it is regulated by the FDA. Regarding filtration, NYC and many other cities are not required to filter their municipal water. Bottled water uses a multi-barrier process that ensures proper filtration and disinfection. Should we talk about the bottle? OK, the bottle keeps the outside environment out of the product, protecting it from contamination and preserving the clean room conditions it was bottled in. Try ensuring a clean room quality product with any PWS distribution system, old or new. OK, next, bottle disposal. Recycling is a necessity, and it’s readily available in most parts of the country. Consumers need more education. But bottled water containers constitute 0.3% of the municipal waste stream in the U.S. Have the folks looked in their refrigerators, pantries, bathrooms, and laundry rooms lately? How many food and consumer products are packaged in something other than plastic? Plastic recycling is much bigger than bottled water can ever be primarily responsible for. And finally, I’m a free citizen of this country, and I maintain a good diet by choice. And I have the freedom to choose what I will ingest into my body. Perhaps would like a ride to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, or Montgomery County, Md., to fill their stainless steel canteens. Guess what they’re drinking? Uh-huh, bottled water. That’s right, without availability of bottled water, people in disaster areas have few or no options for clean, safe drinking water.

    Let’s get off the bottle and move on to the real issues: an improved PWS infrastructure and consumer education about recycling that involves all consumer product manufacturers.

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