tap water contaminants

Water Regulations

Did you know that bottled water and tap water are regulated by two completely different organizations?

It sort of makes sense…

Tap water is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] while bottled water is considered a ‘packaged product’ and is, therefore, regulated by the The Food & Drug Administration [FDA].

If we learned anything in 2020, it is that we shouldn’t just give our whole-hearted faith and trust to any organization, assuming that they will choose according to our best interests.

Tap Water

Would you guess that tap water has stricter regulations than bottled water?

The EPA is responsible for regulating drinking water under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

The EPA has set ‘acceptable limits’ on over 90 contaminants, including heavy metals like lead & microbes like E. Coli, while there are over 60,000 contaminants that have been found in water. Many public health organizations claim that the current limits on certain toxins aren’t stringent enough.

According to the Environmental Working Group, US water regulations haven’t been updated in almost 20 years. As a result, certain toxins may be harming vulnerable populations, such as children and pregnant women.

The EPA requires water utilities to provide annual quality reports. But to perform any semi-accurate water test, it needs to be done at the source of consumption.

Because there are other factors that can contribute to contamination such as greater exposure to toxins in certain regions, industrial pollution or bacteria from agricultural run-off.

Old plumbing can introduce contaminants like lead & natural disasters like floods can pollute water systems.

Bottled Water

The FDA, on the other hand, has limits on contaminants in bottled water like E Coli and numerous other harmful materials –

but, the FDA generally doesn’t test the water and instead allows the bottlers to ‘periodically’ conduct their own tests, keeping the records on hand for when FDA inspectors visit.

You and I both know when left to self-police, these companies whose number one goal is profit – they, so often, forget about ethics.

Bottled water is said to taste better than tap water – that seems to be the general consensus. Yet, in blind taste tests, most people can’t tell the difference between tap water & bottled water.

When you remove the fancy bottles and brand labels, they cannot actually recognize any difference in taste.

How It Affects Your Wallet

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The ConvergEx Group started comparing the cost of bottled water to tap water, looking at averages across the country.

When they looked at 16.9 oz bottles, the math says you are paying around $7.50 for a gallon. Compare that to the price of gas. Then, consider this – that’s almost 2000 times the price of the same amount of water that comes out of your tap.

Still don’t think it’s worth it for the convenience? That may be true as long as you are aware of the fact that the water in your bottle may be tap water anyway –

and how difficult is it to fill up a reusable glass bottle before you leave the house?

It turns out, using tap water is easier all-around. (I would never recommend drinking tap water that hasn’t been run through a really good filter)

In 2007, Pepsi announced that they were changing their labels to be more transparent about where their water came from because Aquafina was nothing more or less than tap water.

If you happened to read an Aquafina label before that, you would have seen “Bottled at the source PWS”. That’s a fancy way of saying public water source.

Coca-Cola’s Dasani is also essentially tap-water. It comes from a public water source, the same as some of nestles bottled water products.

How It Affects Our Bodies

Our bodies need water for every necessary function. Part of what the FDA requires companies to regulate is the use of di (2-Ethylhexyl) phthalate, or DEHP, a carcinogen found in plastics.

Most manufacturers have moved away from using plastic containing bisphenol-A or BPA. BPA (mimics the structure and function of estrogen) according to studies done by the national institute of health.

The studies found that BPA can “influence bodily processes such and growth, cell repair, fetal development, energy levels, and reproduction”. Also, thyroid hormone receptors thus, altering their function.

 

Women who suffered miscarriages were found to have 3 times as much BPA in their blood as women with successful pregnancies, according to a study published in the Journal Human Production.

Automatically you might assume that the solution is to make sure your bottle is BPA-free. The alternative chemicals are not much better, however. Companies have started using bisphenol-5 (BPS) or bisphenol-F (BPF). The Environmental Health Perspective has published studies that show these alternative chemicals disrupt cells similar to BPA.

The Impact On The Environment

American’s used about 50 billion plastic water bottles last year.

The US’s recycling rate for plastic bottles is around 23%, which means 38 billion water bottles, more than one billion dollars worth of plastic, are wasted each year.

It takes four to five hundred years to naturally decompose. It is highly recyclable but at 23% recycled, the waste buildup is rapid.

According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, by 2050, it is estimated that the oceans will contain more plastic, by weight, than fish.

Researchers estimate that it takes 17 million barrels of oil just to make the plastic bottles for bottled water use in the US.

The Conclusion

I don’t think it is arguable that bottled water is not only terrible for our environment, but it just isn’t sustainable.

Another thing that we desperately need to take away from 2020, is that we need to make some lasting changes. We are living completely out of sync with Mother Nature and if we do not self-correct and adjust our trajectory, it is only a matter of time until we go extinct.

We pollute the air that we breathe, we chop down our lungs – the trees – we’ve destroyed the planet’s circulatory system…

But I don’t trust these political organizations to regulate anything for my own health and safety either. I’ll tell you my solution.

 

rich5D

What Do I Drink?

I use an under-the-counter water filter. It’s sold by iSpring. It was around two-hundred dollars and they recommend you purchase the filters every six months which are a little less than forty bucks each.

The filter that I have was reasonably simple to install, it uses reverse osmosis as well as carbon filters and it remineralizes the water since it removes minerals that are good for you as well.

I test my water and it comes out with a PH level upwards of 10. It is the best tasting water I have ever had, from anywhere.

I also have a water distiller that I distill tap water with. [I have a video on Rumble that shows what is left once it distills the water]. It is enough to make you second guess a decision to get a beverage anywhere ever again. I use distilled water when I dissolve my [Shilajit, which you can read about here].

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