The Deception of the Bottled Water Industry

Do you pick up bases upon cases of bottled water each time you go grocery shopping? Though bottled water is convenient for long car rides and activities outdoors, many people purchase bottled water because they believe it is more healthful than tap water.

Unfortunately, the sad truth is that bottled water is often just glorified tap water with a 2,000% markup. What’s worse, all of this plastic is polluting the world because of deceptive marketing.

You may (or may not) be surprised to know that bottled water regulation actually operates on a different level than tap water. It is treated as a food in the United States, and is therefore subject to the rules and regulations of the Food and Drug Administration. But even still, 60-70% of water bottle products are not covered by FDA rules due to only being sold in a single state. Tap water regulation, however, is performed by the Environmental Protection Agency – which operates under different guidelines.

Bottled water does not need to meet the high standards that city tap water must meet in terms of water treatment, contamination, and other testing. Though even with stricter regulations, it’s important to note that tap water is far from healthful or safe.

Bottled Water Industry Revealed

One extensive study of bottled water brands, which has been considered groundbreaking, shows the following results of bottled water quality:

  • 9 out of 10 of the best selling bottled water brands either don’t disclose information about the source of the water, contamination testing, or if and how it is purified
  • Out of the 173 bottled water brands surveyed, over 50% flunked EWG’s transparency test
  • 18% of the bottled water tested failed to make known the location of their water source
  • 32% disclosed no information regarding the treatment or purity of the water

To put the icing on the cake, bottled water is sold for almost 2000 times the price of tap water. A typical cost per gallon of bottled water is $3.79 while a typical cost of tap water is $0.002/gallon.  The bottled water industry has spent billions on marketing and advertising to make this happen. Even worse, nearly half of all bottled water is municipal tap water.

So ask yourself, is it worth the cost? Not only for you, but for the planet as well. With 1.5 million tons of plastic being used to bottle water annually and 4 billion pounds of PET plastic bottles ending up in landfills or as roadside litter, it seems like a no-brainer to sack the bottled water companies. Only use bottled water for traveling and outdoor activities, and even then, choose glass over plastic. Instead, purchase a high quality water filter for your home and a reusable, BPA-free water bottle.

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13 Comments

  1. Afeez Kuforiji says:

    You've said it all, what the majority of people are looking for is a cheap source of income regardless of the negative impact on the society. And we fall prey to their watery mouth through advertisement. Thanks for post. God bless

  2. The EPA does not protect Us or the environment. Most municipal water is "fluoridated" with fluorosilicic acid, a multi-poisonous waste cocktail from the smoke stacks of fertilizer plants containing 23% sodium fluoride (the only active ingredient in RAT POISON), LEAD, MERCURY, ARSENIC, BARIUM, CADMIUM and PALONIUM. The latter three are known 'radioactive' carcinogens. Our drinking water is also contaminated with aluminum and barium from chemrails. Poison drinking water is responsible for most diseases and disorders discovered since water fluoridation began.

    No known filtration system can remove much fluoride from water, because the fluorene molecule has only one atom more than water. It evaporates at essentially the same temperature as water. So, even distillation can remove only about 20% of it. Hence, municipal waste water treatment plants along with agricultural fluroide run-off pass fluoride into our rivers which perpetually poison our oceans. Sodium fluoride is the "acid" that, in a sixty years, killed America's lovely coral reefs that took millinea to form. Cuba still has pristene reefs, because they either couldn't afford to or chose not to poison their people and their land.

    Email al.smith@majorityvoice.org for your free copy of The Fluoride Nightmare, a concise but comprehensive, five minute speech (along with many pages of documentation) to educate your city council on the horrors of fluoridation which will prove to be one of the Zionist banksters' greatest crimes against humanity.

  3. Carrie says:

    I don't normally respond to articles, but must on this one. The point in buying bottled water is that you must choose wisely. My family owns a bottled water company in Canada, and the testing and standards under which we operate are very strict. However, we bottle spring water, which is a live water and actually offers many, many health benefits. The pH of our water is 7.3, which is alkaline, and we have many customers who are advised to drink our water for health purposes. Further to that, our water needs no filtration, as it's natural state is as close to perfectly pure as you can get.

    My point is this – buying bottled water is just like anything else. You can either buy organic, or not.

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  5. almarholdings says:

    I buy distilled bottled water. It is not glamorous, it's actually intended for irons to prevent mineral deposits from clogging them.
    But distilled water had NO FLUORIDE or toxic heavy metals.
    It may have some plastic residues, so I run it through a carbon filter and I store it in glass.
    Here in New York City one gallon of distilled water is $1.59, less than half the price of Fiji and Dasani.

    I pay more for organic and local food and sad\dly, we have to pay more to avoid the chemical pollutants that provide consumers to the medical industrial complex.

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  6. james228 says:

    yes, definitely just one big marketing for such a huge mark up for the water bottle company. and I have read that drinks or food exposed to different temperature should not be stored in plastic,since it has a chemical reaction that can give cancer.

  7. anny says:

    I have come to the conclusion that we all have a little blame global warming and its consequences and guilt even more politicians who do not slow down. http://www.globalwarmingweb.com/

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