Check out THIS bottled water report by the NRDC. It is a real eye opener. You will see, for example, that one gallon of Lady Lee "drinking water" has 91 parts per billion of Total Trihalomethanes. This amount is FOUR TIMES HIGHER than the amount that's shown to cause death from bladder cancer, in a Taiwanese study (many other countries have reported similar findings).
Then check out EWG's Bottled Water Scorecard... another eye opener. Most bottled water companies rate an "F" when it comes to transparency. The truth is, many of them they don't really WANT you to know that much about their water! They often don't have any information showing how you can see a water quality report (to see what's in their water)
A plastic bottle just isn't a good container to store water in, period. Any type of plastic, including BPA-Free plastic, can change estrogen levels and leach toxic chemicals into the water. I once worked with a woman who was recovering from cancer. We ordered lunch and she said she could not eat anything that was out of a styrofoam container because her doctor had her on a cancer-prevention protocol, which meant she had to get rid of plastic in every form. She couldn't use plastic plates, silverware, or bottles. Even Dr. Mercola recommends getting rid of plastic if you are trying to recover from cancer.
Also keep in mind that bottled water is often just filtered tap water, put in a bottle. Dr. Mercola notes on this page how an independent test performed by the Environmental Working Group in 2009 revealed 38 low-level contaminants in bottled water, with each of the 10 tested brands containing an average of eight chemicals, including disinfection byproducts, caffeine, tylenol, nitrate, industrial chemicals, arsenic and bacteria.
Furthermore, many bottled water companies do not disclose where the water comes from. You can see a list of hundreds of bottled water companies, most of which had a D or F rating from the Environmental Working Group, for failing to disclose their sources and treatment methods.
From Dr. Mercola's site:
Ditched Water Bottles Are Destroying the Environment
This info is originally from this page:
Bottled Water & Waste
Bottled Water & Pollution
Bottled Water & Cleanliness
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Want to see How Bottled Water REALLY rates? CLICK HERE to see the Environmental Working Goup's Bottled Water Scorecard.
From this page:
A report by Food And Water Watch says
that almost half of all bottled water is derived
from tap water
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/facts-bottled-water-industry-2011-10?op=1#ixzz3T1YFos20
15 Outrageous Facts About The Bottled Water Industry
Tap water -- which is EPA regulated --
undergoes testing for e. coli, is required to
provide its source and produce quality reports
In scientific testing, bottled water was found
to be no safer than tap water
- Nearly one in five tested waters contained, in at least one sample, more bacteria than allowed under microbiological-purity "guidelines"
- Four waters (4 percent) violated the generally weak federal bottled water standards (two for excessive fluoride and two for excessive coliform bacteria
- In eight cases arsenic was found in at least one test at a level of potential health concern.
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/facts-bottled-water-industry-2011-10?op=1#ixzz3T1YSwCFB
In taste tests, tap water consistently ranks
at or above the level of bottled water
The production of water bottles uses 17 million
barrels of oil a year, and it takes three times
the water to make the bottle as it does to fill it
Of the 30 billion plastic water bottles sold in the
United States in 2005, only 12 percent were
The 2011 global forecast called for over
$86 billion in profits
That includes sparkling flavored water, sparkling unflavored water, still flavored water and still unflavored water. A very impressive number considering a similar product comes basically free from the kitchen sink.
The videos below are shown to simply demonstrate the reality and negative impact of bottled water. Bottled water is terrible for the environment. But please note that some of these videos below claim that tap water is safe to drink, and have proven that it "tested clean" for bacteria and other micro organisms. However, they videos do not show testing for toxic chemicals in the water (which may or may not be removed by EITHER the bottled water or the tap water). Please go to www.EWG.org/tap-water to determine whether your tap water has had toxic chemicals in it, and ask for a water report from your water supply company.
This was pretty darn funny so I had to post it!