WHAT’S in YOUR BOTTLED WATER?

May 17, 2008 at 8:35 pm Leave a comment

Check the labels of bottled water and you may be surprised.

Dasani, which is a Coca-Cola product, has sodium in it. Sodium equals salt. Coke takes the liberty of adding salt to its bottled water. Not only does this mean Dasani’s water isn’t pure, but salt makes you thirsty. Though Dasani bottles say that the amount of sodium is a “negligible amount,” there must be a reason for the addition of a chemical. That reason, common sense explains, is to keep consumers thirsty  so they purchase more Dasani.
Bottled water is regulated by the FDA; however these regulations aren’t very specific or strict. According to the National Resources Defense Council, a national, not-for-profit environmental action group, between one-third to 40 percent of bottled water comes from municipal sources, in other words tap water. Dasani is one such brand that has been outed as coming from tap water, rather than source water. With names like Poland Springs, Zephyrhills, Most companies try to suggest their bottled water comes from pristine, natural sources, such as Poland Springs, Zephyrhills, Fiji water and Deer Park.
The NRDC looked at the FDA standards for bottled water and tap water and analyzed the results in a report entitled “Pure Drink or Pure Hype.” According to the report, any company that bottles and sells their water in the same state are exempt from the FDA’s bottled water rules. This is because the federal government can only regulate interstate products, so these bottled water companies are under state jurisdiction. About 60 to 70 percent of bottled water is only sold where it is bottled; 40 states say they regulate these companies.
Many consumers are under the impression that bottled water is safer to drink than tap water, but that is not necessarily the case. City tap water is subject to tighter restrictions than bottled water. Here are just a few examples of the differences in restrictions between city tap water and bottled water.
Tap water can not have any indication of E. coli. Bottled water doesn’t have such a restriction.
Cities must test their water 100 times per month for coliform bacteria. Bottled water must only be tested one a week.
Violation of bacteria levels result in violation and enforcement for cities, but not for bottled water. These companies can sell their water as long as labels, such as “excessive bacteria” is placed on them.
Cities must have a government lab test their water. Bottled water companies aren’t required to do this.
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