Bottled Water Toxicity and Money Waste
Posted by Norman Fong
Environmental Working Group has a report that their Oakland office tested 10 brands of bottled water and found that Wal-Mart’s Sam’s Choice contained chemical levels that exceeded legal limits in California and the voluntary standards adopted by the industry. They also have articles on why bottled water is a no go.
Bottled Water’s Source
Would you believe that bottled water sold at a San Francisco Bay Area Wal-Mart came from Las Vegas? Don’t they have a drought problem?
9 billion gallons of bottled water were consumed in 2007, with less than 50% divulging their source. On average, this water cost $3.79 per gallon, almost 2,000 times the cost of tap water. Many families waste over $1,000 a year on unnecessary bottled water. This is a waste due to all the energy used to manufacture, transport, and dispose of bottled water.
Considering bottled water does not offer better quality than tap water, costs MORE than gas, and drains the environment, just say no. Use a Brita water filter if you are concerned with your tap water. Fewer than 15% of water bottles are recycled, leading to a big waste of resources.
The CamelBak BPA-Free Better Water Bottle is a low cost water bottle that I switched to. No more buying bottled water and no BPA.
Stainless steel water bottles are also a good bet. Just make sure they have no plastic interior liner or BPA liner.
Airline Clean Drinking Water EPA Ruling
Got sick on an airplane flight? It could have been the water.
The EPA has just published the Aircraft Drinking Water Rule (ADWR) to ensure that safe and reliable drinking water is provided to airline passengers and crew. What prompted this was that in 2004, the EPA found all aircraft water systems to be out of compliance with the national primary drinking water regulations (NPDWRs). According to the air carriers, it is not feasible for them to comply with all of the monitoring that is required in the existing regulations.
Subsequently, EPA tested 327 aircraft of which 15 percent tested positive for total coliform. EPA considers this to be a high percentage of positive samples. In response to these findings, EPA embarked on an accelerated process to tailor the existing regulations for aircraft public water systems. In the interim, EPA placed 45 air carriers under Administrative Orders on Consent (AOCs). Until the final ADWR compliance dates, air carriers remain subject to the existing NPDWRs and AOCs where applicable.
It is great they are beefing up the system. You can play safe by bringing an empty water bottle with you. Fill it at the airport at water fountains located after security.
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