If the best things in life are free, why do Americans spend billions of dollars on bottled water?
“Do you feel like bottled water is healthier than tap water?”
“I don’t really drink tap water, ever.”
“Do you drink tap water?”
“Are you kidding me?”
Many consumers believe bottled water is better, and yet when the environmental working group tested 10 bottled water brands, it found they contained the same contaminants in trace amounts the tap water does. In fact the industry acknowledges that as much as 45% of bottled water comes from municipal water supplies. Some is filtered further after that, some not. Bottled water manufacturers are not required to disclose where their water comes from, how it’s treated or whether it’s treated at all. And only about 1/3 of bottlers give this information to consumers voluntarily.
“It doesn’t say anything about sources. I mean, just…so you don’t know where this water really came from.”
At a hearing today on Capital Hill, representatives explored options like requiring manufacturers to list test results for contaminants on their websites, just like tap water suppliers do.
“Why single out water?”
“it makes up more than half of our body, we are drinking 8 servings a day, no other food are we consuming so much of a single product. It deserves a special place, special attention.”