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Bottled Water vs. Tap Water


Is bottled water safe to drink? Is it environmentally responsible to buy ***** water? Is tap water a ***** ********** sound alternative? What kind of filters are necessary when *****ing tap water? There are a variety of answers available in the literature today for all of these questions. And due to the importance ***** water ***** terms of human health and nutrition, *****se ***** ***** relevant and vital in today's changing world. All sides and a diversity ***** opinion will be fully ex*****mined and reviewed in this paper. However, the bottom line for this research is that bottled water is, as a gener*****l rule, a wasteful use of resources. And whenever possible people should avoid buying plastic ***** instead use tap water (with proper *****) or use ***** filling stations using five-gallon reusable containers for fresh, safe water.


The newsletter Environmental Nutrition reports that "more than half of all Americans now drink ***** water" (Welland, 2007). The money spent on bottled ***** in one year in the U.S., accord*****g to Welland, ***** $4 billion. But where does the water come from that is in ***** plastic conta*****er? The first problem in researching the sources of bottled water, Welland writes, is ***** bottling plants are not required by law ***** reveal their sources of water. One of the more popular bottle water companies ***** Aquafina, which is "drawn from municipal water in Detroit and Fresno," ***** asserts.

In fact, the writer continues, the Natural Re***** Defense Council (NRDC), a le*****ding environmental organization, reports that about 40% ***** *****d water *****s ***** city sources and ***** *****n treated so it tastes good. Indeed the NRDC tested 103 brands of bottled water (taking samples from over 1,000 plastic bottles of water); the results of that research showed that "*****-third contained significant contamination."

***** study also shows that contaminants like lead, arsenic, radon and "perchlorate" (from fertilizers) show up most often in tap water research. Also pathogens like "Cryptosporidia" have been found in tap ***** supplies, especially in smaller municipalities (big cities tend to have safer tap water). There ***** several *****s of purifiers ***** work well for your tap water system, according ***** Well*****'s research; activated carbon filters (removes parasites, pesticides, bad tastes, heavy metals like lead, copper and mercury, and "volatile organic chemicals"); cation exchange softener (softens hard water); reverse osmosis (removes "***** contaminants," parasites, ***** heavy *****); and ultraviolet disinfection (removes parasites and bacteria).

***** women ***** girls who read CosmoGirl were recently provided "Myths" and "Truths" in an article about ***** water (Goldstein, 2006). The accuracy of a m*****gazine dedicated to fashion *****d entertainment accuracy cannot absolutely assured, of course, but the importance of the ***** issues gave editors the idea to pursue ***** in*****mation in any case. Goldste***** says that since "both" tap ***** and bottled water "are allowed ***** have trace amounts ***** contaminants, like lead or bacteria," neither one is "***** ***** the o*****r." That is a question*****ble statement,


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