BOTTLED WATER: Is it tap water at a Premium cost?

Water is one of the basic essentials of life. 60% of our body comprises of water. If that’s the case why do we need to pay for a natural resource.  Will we be required to pay for the air we breathe next?  Tap water in the U.S. is a highly regulated industry which requires periodic testing with the information made available to the public. But bottled water or purified water as it is called is unregulated within State lines. They have no obligation to report to the public when compared to Municipal water. So anything goes. Tapping rights and distribution rights are purchased. Bottled water is a $11 Billion a year industry in the U.S. alone, that is Billion with a “B”. No wonder there are so many players out there competing for the market share. What they sell (a product) may be purified Municipal water that comes in our taps at home. To cut to the chase, Bottled water may be no safer than tap water.

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Cost comparison:

For comparison sake:  That’s almost 2,000x the cost of a gallon of tap water and twice the cost of a gallon of regular gasoline.

So is it safe. Since tap water is highly regulated and bottled water is not, I would prefer tap water to bottled water. I use charcoal filter at home to filter ordinary tap water. Public websites with information on local water quality can be found in detail by visiting these sites. Or You may contact your local water authority directly for more information on getting a detailed report. But in case of bottled water you may find no such report on the public domain.

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  1. We are in fact paying a massive premium of 2000X for convenience.
  2. Bottled water is held in plastic bottles richly loaded with various Chemicals. When did it become OK to mix food and plastics? Who has given that permission? Why is this industry not regulated like others of consumption?
  3. Plastics are basically petroleum derivatives (waste products) loaded with a boatload of carcinogens (cancer producing) which no one wants the public to hear.
  4. When plastics are exposed to the heat of the Sun, Sunlight or heat inside a storage facility, the plastic leaches out into the water. Once this is consumed it enters into the body.
  5. Plastic bottles are the number one source of pollutants in our landfills and in our Oceans.
  6. We seem to be willing to pay for purified tap water but are unwilling to drink the same water at home from our taps.
  7. Water coming into our homes are regulated but bottled water is an unregulated industry.
  8. We have even let plastics come into our kitchen.
  9. We are buying bottled water in the millions each day thereby supporting the industry and destroying our own Health in that process.
  10. The process of purification of tap water requires a lot of energy, money and infrastructure. It also contaminates the ground water around the plant leading to health issues for its neighboring residents.
  11. It’s all about profits  for the companies at the expense of our Health and degradation of water resources.
  12. The key is control. Controlling water resources using connections, politics and money. Who said money does not buy control?
  13. Plastic bottles may have the power to disrupt or alter growth, development, genetic, hormonal and reproductive health. Chemicals leaching from these plastic bottles may act on and wreck havoc at a cellular level. I am using the word “may” because I am unable to find the result of reliable studies. You may need to do your own research and come to your own conclusions. But it’s common sense that Plastics and our Health should not be mixing in anyway shape or form.
  14. WE are the ones consuming bottled water. We are the one popping up demand for this product. WE are the ones paying for it. So each of us are to blame for supporting this industry and its subsequent degradation of our water resources and our environment.
  15. 15. If WE do not purchase bottled water, the industry will have no reason to continue bottling water. This will help save our wallets, our environment and most importantly our health. It’s not worth losing our Health to convenience by purchasing and carrying bottled water in our hands. It’s NOT a fashion statement either.
  16. Marketing companies may have done a wonderful job fore these companies by creating the perception that bottled water is much purer and safer than tap water. It’s all in the presentation and in what the consumer is fed with by way of huge Commercials on TV, Radio and billboards. I have seen expectant mothers drinking bottled water themselves and I have also seen mothers giving bottled water to toddlers and infants.


  1. Invest in a very high quality, a TRUE stainless steel water bottle (the one with no plastic lining), filter water at home and carry it with you.
  2. Get the water quality report for your home from your township office. Review this periodically.
  3. Ask questions and be educated. Never let your guard down.
  4. Don’t forget to hydrate yourselves periodically. Get a “drink water” reminder app on your phone.
  5. Stop throwing money at bottled water and save. Stop supporting an industry that cares about their profits much more than your Health and the Health of our Environment. If we do not buy bottled water, they will stop making them.

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Time to get out of this BAD habit of paying for water. We need to start questioning what we put into our mouth. Do we know what is the composition of tap water and the composition of the bottled water for which we are paying for? Time to start learning from the basics. Time to start thinking for ourselves. If we do not start thinking, others will do the thinking for us. Question everything. Talk to your local water department and be sure to get all the answers. Be an informed and a well educated consumer. Stop following the crowd by following a heard mentality. Be a mentor and a leader by showing respect for your Health, respect for the Health of fellow citizens and respect for the environment in which we all live.


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