Bottled Water Controversy

October 15, 2008

I was reading some news today on Yahoo! and found an interesting little tidbit staring back at me.

I drink bottled “distilled” water and use distilled water in my home for cooking and such. Some would be appalled at the thought of using plastic containers of water and I admit, sometimes I struggle with the eco-friendliness of that decision a bit myself… however, when weighing the choices of tapwater vs distilled in plastic, my brain decided distilled was worth it.

That said… let’s get back to the article I read.

I have always heard people (naysayers) suggesting that bottle water was a scam. I could never agree with them wholeheartedly and at times questioned the quality of bottled water myself. (Please remember my preference though towards distilled over even bottled water) I just could not bring myself to believe that business would stoop that low to use their very own tap water when bottling water for the public.

Now, why is it that people believe bottled water would be more “safe” than tap water? I don’t know, but we do. Why do we sometimes believe the company would have our best interests at heart instead of the dollar? I don’t know - but again, we do. It just seems that we like to take people at their word and trust that they wouldn’t do anything to hurt us, until we find otherwise. Most of us like to believe the best of people instead of dwelling in mistrust– until something like this is discovered…. Bottled Water has contaminants too

Shocking?

Disappointing?

Sadly, yes. Especially when one of these contaminated waters is “Sam’s Choice by Walmart” - yep, the same WAL-MART that has been carrying more Organic groceries the last few years. Get that?

The study tested 10 different waters, 8 of the 10 did not have enough contaminants to warrant further testing, however 2 were above the safety levels; Walmart and Acadia of Giant Food Supermarkets. They had the highest concentration of chlorine byproducts, known as trihalomethanes. The researchers also said the Wal-Mart brand was five times California’s limit for one particular chlorine byproduct, bromodichloromethane.

The most troubling part of the article was “The study’s lab tests on 10 brands of bottled water detected 38 chemicals including bacteria, caffeine, the pain reliever acetaminophen, fertilizer, solvents, plastic-making chemicals and the radioactive element strontium.”

So, tell me… was the organic/ natural push just a huge ploy on Walmarts part or are they innocent in delivering the contaminated garbage in a bottle?

This is just another good reason to buy local, ethical, sustainable and organic. Sorry Walmart, I am just not drinking your “kool-aid”or your water.

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Entry Filed under: Foodies, Green Living, NEWS, chemical free, fishies random thoughts. Tags: bottled water, contaminants, distilled water, eco-friendly, walmart, yahoo.

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Ori  |  October 23, 2008 at 5:14 am

    Many offices and some houses in my country use 19 litres sized plastic bottled water with dispenser , sometimes I feel questioning its ‘decency’ since the bottles are reusable many times and need chemical solvent to cleanse them.

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