FACT # 211

01 Aug

Shocking Facts About Bottled Water
By | At Home – Mon, May 21, 2012 11:03 AM EDT

Bottled WaterBottled WaterToday, in the United States, an average person drinks

about 30 gallons of water a year. It is the second beverage with the highest

consumption in the US, unfortunately; the first one is soda. However, bottled

water has no better use than tap water. It is sold because of the jargons like

“spring” and “mineral” on its label.

Our Expectations From Bottled Water

What do we expect to get when buying a water bottle? The following are the

typical reasons that come in your mind: More minerals than tap water.

1- Healthier water from a pure spring
2 – Enhanced taste
3- Portability

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Unfortunately, recent tests and surveys show that, you barely get what you

expect. Portability is the only thing you are getting, but on the cost at which it

comes, it is better to fill up a bottle from the tap into your home. Here are the


No Better Taste
A study was published in the Journal of Sensory Studies. The study included a

survey of six different bottles of water and six different types of tap water. Water

samples were tasted by hundreds of people, and their remarks were noted. As a

result, it was found that water bottles didn’t taste any different or better. All what

people cared about was cooler and tasteless water. Reason: The taste is not

affected by the purity of water. It is the mineral concentration that matters, and it

is not hugely different in both types of water.

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In a test by Natural Resources Defense Council, it was found that about 22% of

water bottles contain chemical contaminations that could be dangerous for

health. In another test by California State University, six water bottles were tested

for purity. All the bottles failed the test for arsenic even though they cleared all

other tests. Reason: When subjected to heat, water bottles leach their chemical

components from the water. Exposure to heat in the form of sunlight, body heat

and storage is common. The heat may be supplied when a water bottle is stored in

your garage.

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It is Processed Tap Water.

25% of all bottled waters sold in the US, is filled from the municipal water supply.

Although exotic words and pictures of waterfalls on their labels don’t tell that it is

nothing more than further processed water. Even brands like Coca Cola’s Dasani

and Pepsi’s Aquafina use municipal water sources.

Bad for Earth

Most water bottles are made up of polyethylene terephthalate (PET). This plastic

can cause the following two crucial problems:

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High Consumption of Oil

A research by University of Louisville tells that 17 million barrels of oil is used to

make water bottles every year. This is the main reason why the costs of water

bottles are high.


A research by the Container Recycling Institute tells that 90% of 30 billion water

bottles are dumped and not recycled. Knowing that it takes 400 to 1000 years for a

PTE water bottle to disintegrate, it certainly is a danger to the earth’s



Posted by on August 1, 2012 in General Facts


2 responses to “FACT # 211

  1. Shakti Ghosal

    August 3, 2012 at 7:55 am

    This was indeed a very eye-opening read. Thank you.



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