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  Bottled Water: Better Than the Tap?
From a regulatory standpoint, the FDA describes bottled water as water that is intended for human consumption and that is sealed in bottles or other containers with no added ingredients, except that it may contain a safe and suitable antimicrobial agent.
Water from a well that taps an aquifer--layers of porous rock, sand and earth that contain water--which is under pressure from surrounding upper layers of rock or clay.
Tap water may sometimes look or taste differently, he says, but that doesn't mean it's unsafe.
www.fda.gov /fdac/features/2002/402_h2o.html   (2320 words)

 NRDC: Bottled Water: Pure Drink or Pure Hype?
While most of the tested waters were found to be of high quality, some brands were contaminated: about one-third of the waters tested contained levels of contamination -- including synthetic organic chemicals, bacteria, and arsenic -- in at least one sample that exceeded allowable limits under either state or bottled water industry standards or guidelines.
Similarly, there are no requirements for bottled water to be disinfected or tested for parasites such as cryptosporidium or giardia, unlike the rules for big city tap water systems that use surface water sources.
Water bottlers should be required to disclose water source, treatments and other key information as is now required of tap water systems.
www.nrdc.org /water/drinking/nbw.asp   (966 words)

  EWG Investigation | U.S. Tap Water Quality Database   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Tap water in 42 states is contaminated with more than 140 unregulated chemicals that lack safety standards, according to the Environmental Working Group's (EWG's) two-and-a-half year investigation of water suppliers' tests of the treated tap water served to communities across the country.
Water disinfection is considered one of the great health triumphs of the 20th century, but 100 years after its inception the EPA and water suppliers are still in active study, negotiation and rulemaking to understand and reduce its health risks.
Tap water contaminants that have been found by water utilities and that lack enforceable health standards are shown at www.ewg.org/sites/tapwater/national/unregcontams.php/.
www.ewg.org /tapwater/findings.php   (5415 words)

 Bottled Water Sales Soar as Tap Water Safety Questioned | LiveScience
The trend owes partly to fears over tap water and also to marketing success by companies that often peddle little more than refined tap water.
Spring water is water that flows from an underground source to the Earth's surface, unlike well water brought to the surface via a hole drilled into the ground.
Water can be purified at home at a huge savings by the consumer with faucet and pitcher filters sold by PUR and Brita.
www.livescience.com /environment/051220_bottled_water.html   (984 words)

 Coca Cola's Plan: Just Say No - To Drinking Tap Water
Many customers choose tap water not because they enjoy it, but because it is what they always have drunk in the past.
Olive Garden's goal was to influence customers to abandon their default choice of tap water and experience other beverage choices to improve their dining experience.
Twenty percent of tap water drinkers at both lunch and dinner say they "choose" water "because it's there." Conversion strategy: Encourage servers to influence the beverage ordering process to increase consumer awareness of other choices.
www.commondreams.org /headlines01/0902-01.htm   (1444 words)

 February 2, 2006: BOTTLED WATER: Pouring Resources Down the Drain
Even in areas where tap water is safe to drink, demand for bottled water is increasing—producing unnecessary garbage and consuming vast quantities of energy.
In contrast to tap water, which is distributed through an energy-efficient infrastructure, transporting bottled water long distances involves burning massive quantities of fossil fuels.
But bottled water is not the answer in the developed world, nor does it solve problems for the 1.1 billion people who lack a secure water supply.
www.earth-policy.org /Updates/2006/Update51.htm   (1252 words)

 USATODAY.com - Study: Bottled water no better than tap water   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Bottled water is the fastest growing beverage industry in the world, worth up to $22 billion a year, according to the fund.
"Bottled water standards in the United States are at least as protective as those for tap water, and the industry is making a concerted effort to develop international standards," he said.
While agreeing bottled water may be safer in areas where tap water may be contaminated, the fund said boiled or filtered tap water is still a better option for people on a lower income.
www.usatoday.com /news/health/2001-05-02-bottled-water.htm   (512 words)

 UK tap water quality 'at record high' - Times Online
The figures were released in a report on water quality which shows that 99.96 per cent of tap water in England and Wales met minimum safety standards, up on 99.94 in 2004.
The Drinking Water Inspectorate pointed out that the reason for water falling short of health standards was often because of the condition of pipes and tanks in the home.
Jeni Colbourne, chief inspector of drinking water, said that the number of allegations by customers that tap water had made them ill was not fair on the companies, and that it indicated more effort on informing consumers of quality standards needs to be made.
www.timesonline.co.uk /article/0,,2-2247864,00.html   (1132 words)

 NRDC: Bottled Water FAQ
One study found that water that had been stored for 10 weeks in plastic and in glass bottles contained phthalates, suggesting that the chemicals could be coming from the plastic cap or liner.
Although there are regulatory standards limiting phthalates in tap water, there are no legal limits for phthalates in bottled water -- the bottled water industry waged a successful campaign opposing the FDA proposal to set a legal limit for these chemicals.
Try calling or writing the bottler to ask what the source is, or call the bottled water program in your state or the state in which the water was bottled to see if they have a record of the source (your state's health or agriculture department is most likely to run the bottled water program).
www.nrdc.org /water/drinking/qbw.asp   (1303 words)

 The Tap Water Awards
The Taps are a response to the increasing criticism aimed at the Fringe and the Perrier Awards in particular that it is increasingly commercially focused, promoting the same sort of material year on year.
The Tap Water Awards are delighted to hear that Perrier (and their parent company Nestle) have bowed to public pressure and withdrawn their sponsorship of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival comedy awards.
Since then the Tap Water Awards have continued their role in highlighting the crucial issue of access to drinking water, focusing on the problems caused by the increasing privatisation of the water industry.
www.tapwaterawards.org   (1356 words)

 BBC NEWS | UK | Soft drink is purified tap water
But the UK water industry is worried that the marketing of the product implies tap water is impure, which experts say is not the case.
Dasani is the second biggest selling bottled water in the US "Tap water is pure, and that's the opinion of the drinking water inspectorate, which carries out three million checks a year."
Judith Snyder, brand PR manager for Dasani, confirmed "municipal" water supplies were used but said the source was "irrelevant" because it "doesn't affect the end result".
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/uk/3523303.stm   (410 words)

 Hard Water versus Soft Water | BuyWaterNow.com   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Some soft water is naturally occuring, but most soft water consumed in the United States is created by water softeners.
Water softeners are simple gadgets that trap calcium and magnesium in the tap water and replaces it with salt.
So when you drink soft water, you are drinking water that has had the minerals removed and salt added.
buywaternow.com /softvshardwater.shtml   (327 words)

 Tap water and water filtration systems
Water experts estimate that over 63% of water problems in the Unites States today are directly caused by giardia and cryptosporidia.
Today there is enough grassroots consciousness about the dangers of tap water that cheap carbon filters are now available in any hardware store which attach easily to the kitchen faucet.
Hard water has more minerals in it, which obviously is better for the bones and teeth, and probably for the heart as well.
www.healingdaily.com /detoxification-diet/water-filtration-systems.htm   (2267 words)

 ATLA Tap Water Burn Litigation Resource Center - Tap Water Burn Resource Center
A tap water burn is simply a burn (First, Second, Third, or Fourth degree) caused by exposure to hot water.
It is easy to receive third degree burns from exposure to hot tap water, which comes from not only hot drinks and pots cooking on the stove, but from bath water.
Burns caused by tap water, where not intentionally heated on a stove or other heat source, are often caused by incorrect settings on hotwater heaters or broken thermostats on hotwater heaters.
tap-water-burn.com /center.htm   (697 words)

 Howstuffworks "How Bottled Water Works"
Some of it focuses on the federal and state regulations governing the industry, some of it goes deeper into the ecological implications of bottling and transporting billions on billions of gallons of something that flows freely from the tap, and some of it calls into question the labeling practices of bottled-water companies.
One famous example is the now defunct Alaska Water, which stated on the label, "Alaska Premium Glacier Drinking Water: Pure Glacier Water From the Last Unpolluted Frontier," and came from one of the municipal water supplies in Juneau.
In the next section, we'll examine the sources and treatments associated with each type of bottled water and take a look at the process Aquafina uses to produce its "purified drinking water," which starts out as plain old tap water purchased from public water supplies.
www.howstuffworks.com /bottled-water-0-reader-opinions-index.htm?page=1   (354 words)

 The Truth about Bottled Water - Is it really better than tap water?
Water has always been essential to our body’s system and our survival, but lately, it has become one of the most recent fitness crazes as people all over the world seek to gain the certified health benefits of drinking adequate amounts of water.
Although people used to rely largely upon tap water to fulfill their daily quota of drinking water, in the last two decades, consumers have begun to shy away from this water source, due to such public health scares as the 1993 Milwaukee cryptosporidium outbreak that infected more than 400,000 city residents.
Bottled water companies, promising a purer, healthier water product than tap water, have expanded greatly in order to supply growing demands for quality drinking water.
www.allaboutwater.org /bottled-water.html   (249 words)

These minerals (hard water) also cause build up in plumbing pipes (clogs) and when mixed with body oils dirt and soaps, form "soap curd" which is not easy to clean from tile, tubs, glasses and showers.
To purify water and turn it back into hydrogen and 02 (its natural form), The minerals (ore) are the first to filter out to get to the contaminants which can be much smaller.
Reverse Osmosis water is also a great alternative to high calorie sugery drinks, which can drain more bucks from your wallet and add inches to the waist line.
thewellguru.com /wst_page8.html   (758 words)

 Healthy Tap water - Safe Water treatment - Natural Water Purifier - Chlorine Filter - water filter bag
Chlorine is added to our tap water to cleanse it and keep it free from bacteria.
Healthy Tap is a unique product which differs greatly from the other water treatment products on the market.
Healthy Tap adds trace amounts of healthy minerals to your tap water and adjusts the pH-value toward a more alkaline state which is crucial for good health.
www.healthytapwater.com   (473 words)

 Tap-Water Recommendations
If you need hot water, then draw cold water from the tap and heat it on the stove or in the microwave.
Flushing a cold-water tap or fountain before use is especially important if it has not been operated for several hours, such as overnight.
Remove the strainer from your tap periodically, and flush it and the tap for several minutes to remove any sediment that may have built up.
www.bnl.gov /bnlweb/pubaf/water/colder.htm   (272 words)

 Water Quality Information - A question many people have on their minds is: Should I be concerned about the tap water my ...   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Water Quality Information - A question many people have on their minds is: Should I be concerned about the tap water my children are drinking?
This media coverage, combined with the new annual reports on drinking water that water systems are sending directly to their customers, is making many people think more about their drinking water.
In many cities and towns the water pipes could be several decades old, in some communities the pipes could be over a century old.
www.applewood-home-inspection.com /WaterQualityInfo   (461 words)

 Coca - Cola Admits That Dasani is Nothing But Tap Water
Alongside flagship brands such as Evian, Perrier, and Malvern, most of the big-name water producers market several purified water lines, often in countries where the safety of the public water supply is a concern.
Such spring water is cheaper to produce and therefore to sell, and has proved a big hit with consumers in Europe and elsewhere.
Most consumers in developed countries would accept that the water that comes out of their taps is clean enough and quite serviceable for cooking, washing or even drinking.
www.commondreams.org /headlines04/0304-04.htm   (928 words)

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Men who drank more than 2 liters of tap water a day ran a 50 percent higher risk of bladder cancer than those who drank half a liter or less.
Both straight tap water and tap water from other sources, such as coffee, were examined in the study.
Some contaminants in water are so harmful that they are measured in "parts per million" or "parts per billion." In other words, just a drop of these poisons added to gallons and gallons of water can be very harmful.
www.mercola.com /2006/may/27/raise_your_cancer_risks_by_drinking_tap_water.htm   (737 words)

 Lead in your tap water?
As a result, they say, some of the lead that crept into tap water in Washington, D.C., and other metropolitan areas may be traceable to household fixtures, valves and other components and not just pipes and systems further from the home.
The results: The Section 8 water samples reacted less, or were less "aggressive," with lead in the plumbing than designers of the standard had intended.
Water utilities use orthophosphate actually to inhibit lead leaching.
www.medicalnewstoday.com /medicalnews.php?newsid=28663   (868 words)

 Home Water Treatment | Drinking Water Treatment | Water Treatment Company - PURE WATER | drinking water | tap water | ...
Chlorine is bad for you, and chlorine is added to the tap water every day around the world.
The reason is that chlorine kills bacteria in the water distribution system.
Vivatap is thorougly tested and the results are clear: with Vivatap your tap water becomes more healthy: the pH-value is adjusted to healthier levels, all chlorine removed and some bacteria are removed too.
www.vivatap.com   (202 words)

 P.O.V.'s Borders . Environment . Water . Bottle This! | PBS
Gregory Warner investigates the rise of the $7 billion bottled water industry, and a study that suggests bottled water doesn't exactly live up to its image.
NYC Tap Water." He hits the streets to ask New Yorkers to refill their water bottles with tap water.
She studied hundreds of the labels from different countries, then chose her favorites as subjects for her paintings, entitled, "The Water Series." "After a while, it became like a multicultural study of graphic artists," she says.
www.pbs.org /pov/borders/2004/water/water_bottle.html   (471 words)

 ABC News: Is Bottled Water Better Than Tap?
His family's afraid to drink tap water because of germs, he said.
Watching bottled water ads, you'd think that tap water might not be healthy.
Many scientists have run tests like that and have consistently found that tap water is as good for you as bottled waters that cost 500 times more.
abcnews.go.com /2020/Health/story?id=728070&page=1   (445 words)

 Aquasana transforms tap water into naturally healthy, chemical free water!
This patented dual cartridge drinking water filtration unit installs in seconds to standard kitchen faucets and provides up to 30 gallons an hour of ultra-filtered‚ high quality water.
Second, the steam from the hot water carries toxins that may be taken into your body through your lungs.
If all that was in your tap water was chlorine, and chlorine is in everyone's water, there are significant health and cosmetic benefits to using chlorine free water.
www.holistichealthtools.com /water2.html   (855 words)

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