Communities Nationwide Facing Drinking Water Issues
Serious drinking water related issues have popped across the country and they are putting lives in danger as well as harming the health of citizens who drink the contaminated water. Water resources have been found to be contaminated with lead, toxins, bacteria and dangerous chemicals despite water treatment efforts.
Flint, Michigan is a perfect example of poor and dilapidated plumbing infrastructure combined with a polluted water source. Despite efforts from the government to regulate and control the drinking water for safety, they failed to alert the public of the lead and harmful bacteria found in the water supply.
An EPA report’s statistical data shows that only 9 states are reporting safe levels of lead in the water supply. This means that the other 41 states had Action Level Exceedance (ALEs) in the last 3 years. ALEs indicate that the levels of lead in the drinking water are reported to be higher than acceptable levels.
Over $5 billion has been pledged by the government and other institutions for improvement to water accessibility and quality nationwide.
As more water crisis stories are reported nationally, the uptick for purchasing bottled water continues to increase. In 2012, The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) and the Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC) released data showing that overall bottled water consumption increased by 6.2 percent.
There are several factors contributing to the increase in bottled water sales; taste, safety, accessibility and convenience. It is common to go to an event and opt for a bottle of water over the water fountain. In a survey conducted by the FDA bottled water drinkers cite health by 2 to 1 for reasons for their purchase. 55% of drinkers stated it was convenience for their reason to purchase bottled water while 56% cited taste.
I have heard people discuss the water they would or would not purchase and even identify certain brands with a status. For instance, the movie “The Grown Ups” with Adam Sandler had scenes dedicated throughout the movie to water brand stigmas. The spoiled children would only order Voss water that comes in a glass bottle. There is more to bottled water than just stigma.
Bottled water is not regulated the same way as tap water. They are regulated by different agencies. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates the water from your tap while the Food and Drug Administration is responsible for regulating packaged water.
The Federal government does not require bottled water to be safer than tap in fact, the NRDC conducted a 4 year review that concluded just that. An estimated 25 percent or more of bottled water is just tap. Sometimes the tap water was found to be further treated but this is not a standard. Tap water is not a guarantee of safe drinking water either, find out How Your Treated Tap Water Could Be Harming You.
Over 50 percent of bottled water comes from tap water. So why pay 1000 times the price for bottled water if it is only tap water? Stop spending all of that money on bottled water and carry your own bottle with a filter that you can fill up anywhere at anytime!
Tests have been conducted on bottled water by various organizations such as the NRC, FDA, Environmental Working Group (EWG) and NRDC. These tests have shown that the following pollutants have been found in Bottled Water:
<< Water Treatment Chemicals: Disinfection ByProducts and Fluoride
<< Fertilizer Pollution: Nitrate and Ammonia
<< Synthetic Chemicals Used in Chemical Industry: Acetaldehyde, Isobutane, Nonanoic Acid, Hexane, Toluene and many more
<< Bacterial Contamination
<< Radioactive Pollutants
A majority of bottled water companies refuse to answer where their water comes from, how it is purified and what contaminants were found if they even tested the water. While I would not tell you what you need to buy I can provide you a list of the reported best and worst rated bottled water.
<< Tibet 5100 – Glacial-Spring Water, Tibet
<< Waiakea – Volcanic Water, Hawaii
<< Fiji Water – Artesian Water, Fiji
<< Perrier – Sparkling Water, France
<< Voss – Artesian Water, Norway
<< Evian – Spring Water, France
<< Smartwater – Distilled/Filtered Water, Multiple Locations
<< Volvic – Spring Water, France
<< Hildon – Mineral Water, UK
<< Icelandic Glacial – Glacial Water, Iceland
<< Aquafina – Tap Water
<< Nestle Pure Life – Well or Tap Water
<< Dasani – Tap Water
<< Ethos Natural Spring Water
Stephanie Anson grew up farming with her grandparents where food preservation was an important aspect of her life. This included canning and other food storage techniques. Her enthusiasm continues today with her husband in wilderness survival, homesteading and colonial food preservation methods. Her foundation comes from past military experience along with her husband’s work in the field of biology. Stephanie has 3 children, her eldest in college and her youngest just over a year old. Enjoy the adventure with us!