PBS has an excellent and informative examination of the bottle water industry. I post this here because I think it is very important for people to understand what they are really drinking. It is good to know this, so we can change our lifestyles to be moresustainable.
Water is a precious resource and the coming century much of the world’s population will lack safe drinking water, and it’s important realize how destructive the bottled water industry is to the environment and our own bodies.
In 1999, The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released a four-year study of the bottled water industry. The study tested more than 1,000 bottles of 103 different brands of bottled water, and while most of the tested bottled waters were determined to be of high quality, some brands were contaminated. About one-third of the water bottles tested contained synthetic organic chemicals and bacteria, and one sample contained arsenic levels that exceeded state health limits.
Bottled water is also a con:
“About 25% of the bottled water sold in the United States comes from a municipal water source.”