Bottled water – good for you, or just a scam?
In my opinion, bottled water could be classed as a scam as I believe it to be obscenely over-priced.
Regular tap water, as you probably know, must go through stringent quality checks before a water company can distribute it to households.
Bottled water, on the other hand, does not generally have to meet the same level of standards, in terms of purity, contaminants or filtering.
Nor is there anywhere near the same level of regulatory control.
Additionally, bottled water can be dormant on shop shelves for some time before it is purchased.
This, combined with the plastic bottles it comes in, can often lead to the presence of more bacteria than in utility’s water.
Furthermore, bottled water rarely benefits from fluoridation, meaning that regular drinkers may be leaving themselves open to an increase in tooth decay.
Some would argue that bottled water is good for you, despite the lack of fluoride in most.
However, a good counter to that would be a case we had here in the UK a few years ago.
DASANI CONTAINED ILLEGAL LEVELS OF BROMATE
In 2004 Dasani, produced by Coca Cola, had to be withdrawn from sale because it was discovered that they had illegally added high levels of bromate to the water.
So much so, that samples were found to contain than twice the UK’s legal limit.
Excessive intake of bromate has been associated with increased risks of cancer.
Sure, bottled water is essential in some instances, often when travelling abroad.
However, with the quality of domestic water services being what they are in the UK and US, do you really need to pay anywhere between 10 and 1,000 times as much to have your water supplied in a bottle?’