How Bottled Water Works
Regulation and misperception, if we
Check the main reason why people drink bottled water instead of tap water-
Taste, pure, healthy-
The controversy began to become apparent.
FDA bans bottled food
Water manufacturers suggest that their water is \"safer\" or \"purer\" than any other type of water, which means it is difficult to quantify.
In any case, many bottles
People who drink water believe that what they drink is healthier than tap water.
In fact, as long as there is no high level of harmful contaminants in the water, all the water is \"healthy\" and the tap water is not.
On May 2005, ABC News program \"20/20\" sent five different national brands of bottled water and a sample of tap water taken from a New York City water dispenser for testing to a microbiology.
The laboratory tested pollutants that could cause the disease, suchcoli.
The results showed that there was no difference in unhealthy contaminants between bottled water and tap water.
So maybe it\'s a semantic problem, but the problem seems to be more pure than healthy: some bottled water has less total dissolved solids than tap water, but most scientists think, the content of dissolved solids in tap water is harmless to human health.
In some cases, in some points, when it comes to dissolving solids, more is actually more.
People who drink mineral water may be drinking mineral water because they think the higher mineral content in the water is good for their health.
In the case of mineral water, it may just be that water is healthier than tap water.
On the other hand, an interesting point to note is that if there is no fluorine recommended by the American Dental Association in the water, many cities will add fluorine in the water (0. 7 to 1. 2 ppm)
Help people keep their teeth healthy.
Therefore, people who don\'t drink tap water may get less fluoride than people who drink tap water.
Dentists warn that in the long run this can cause more dental problems for people who only drink bottled water without any or enough fluoride (
Some bottled water leaves fluoride in the water after processing, or is added as a beneficial mineral).
Of course, the health of fluorine-
Rich water is always in the debate, so \"health\" is ultimately a subjective quality.
On the other hand, purity can be quantified.
If someone is looking for purity, the choice of pure water may be shipped.
The total dissolved solid content of pure water is less than 10 ppm, which is quite close to the ordinary h20.
On the other hand, if someone defines \"pure\" as \"safe\", we go back to the health issues discussed above.
Bottled water usually tests harmful contaminants at most once a week.
Municipal water supply is tested hundreds of times a month.
Tap water may not be very clear and may also have a slight residual chlorine flavor, but according to the Minnesota Department of Health, these are simply aesthetic qualities that do not show that water is unsafe.
Even pure water-
There is no need for no contaminants at all.
It must be below the FDA-
Allowed and/or state-
Allowable levels of certain contaminants.
So all we have left is the taste.
Many people who drink bottled water report that taste is the main reason for their bias ---
They just think bottled water is better than tap water.
This is entirely possible in some cases.
Since many cities disinfect tap water with chlorine treatment, the aftertaste in tap water is common.
The tap water in some cities tastes poor, although it is very safe due to the high content of certain minerals.
But there are a few very few.
A scientific, blind taste test found that most people-
Or most people in New York City, more accurately ---
Once both tap water and bottled water are placed in the same container, the difference between them cannot be distinguished.
In one of the tests, \"20/20\" continued the testing of tap water and bottled water, with randomly selected people tasting six different types of water, five popular bottled water, and New York City tap water, and rate them as \"bad\", \"average\" or \"good \".
\"New York City\'s tap water ranks third, winning two bottles of bottled water.
ABC\'s Good Morning America conducted a similar test on its studio audience and achieved similar results.
Perhaps the most scientific conclusion that can be drawn from these tests is that New York City obviously does a very good job in running water.
Taste tests across the country may have different results.
One of the most serious arguments against bottled water concerns federal regulations or the lack of them.
Some believe that bottled water for the specific purpose of human consumption should face exactly the same regulations as municipal water for human consumption, whether or not the FDA considers it a dangerous product.
Another major regulatory issue is that FDA regulations apply only to bottled water transported between states.
If a company produces and sells bottled water that borders a country that is one of the 10 countries that do not regulate bottled water, that company\'s products are not supervised at all.
Unless it voluntarily complies with the rules of the trade organization.
This is voluntary.
In addition to safety regulations and misconceptions from consumers in general, marketing efforts in bottles may or may not fuel these misconceptions
Other major allegations against the industry can be summed up in two words: environmental nightmare.