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Tap Water vs Bottled Water
In a recent article the Environmental Working Group said, “When you want to know what’s in our tap water, look at your local water utility’s website. You’ll find the source of the water and any chemical pollutants remaining after treatment. It’s the law. Many utilities also volunteer their treatment methods. Even if they're too small to have a website, they mail out periodic water quality reports. But, when you pay a premium price of up to 1900 times more for bottled water, you expect more.
But with a few rare exceptions, you get less. “All too often, you get nothing, unless you count advertising claims like “crisp,” pristine” or “essential.” Pure drinking water could be all about the facts. An 18-month Environmental Working Group (EWG) investigation of bottled water labels and websites has found that:
Only 2 bottled waters disclose water sources and treatment methods on their labels and offer a recent water quality test report on their websites. None of the top 10 U.S. domestic bottled water brands label specific water sources and treatment methods for all their products. Just 18% of bottled waters disclose quality reports with contaminant testing results.