Water is the basic necessity of body and essential for our survival. Imagine if the water you drink is impure and contains various minerals and chemicals that can pose a health risk. What would you do in such circumstances? Definitely you don’t have an option to completely stop or avoid drinking water, or to switch to other drinks like juices to compensate your daily water requirements of body. I believe to get a good quality of water; you may decide to buy bottled water from nearby grocery stores. It may be little expensive and will raise your monthly budget but you would compromise on other household things than water. You will be surprised to know that that reaching for the most popular bottled brands isn’t necessarily a solution. In my previous post, I wrote about the health hazard associated with bottled water and compliance put forth by the regulatory body such as FDA.
In this post I would like to discuss data regarding specific bottled water brands that you might be using on regular basis. In an investigation of almost 200 brands of widely used bottled waters, Environmental Working Group (EWG) found some surprising results. Data was collected in three main categories:
- The exact source of the water
- How the water is purified
- Which chemical pollutants may be in every bottle
The results are as follows:
- Only 2 bottled waters – Ozarka Drinking Water and Penta Ultra-Purified Water fully disclosed the 3 facts, namely specific water sources, purification methods on their labels and offered latest water quality test reports on their websites.
- None of the top ten bottled water suppliers in the United States included the specific water source and the treatment method on their labels. The top 10 US brand includes – Aquafina, Arrowhead, Crystal Geyser, Dasani, Deer Park, Ice Mountain, Nestlé Pure Life, Ozarka, Poland Spring, and Zephyrhills.
- Aquafina Purified Drinking Water “originates from public water sources” but fails to name them on the label. The water is treated through a process called “HydRO-7™” that is not explained on the label.
- Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water lists springs in 6 California cities or counties as possible sources for the water we obtained, and gives no information on how the water is treated, if treated.
- Crystal Geyser Natural Alpine Spring Water is bottled at “the CG Roxane Source near California’s Mount Shasta” but offers no information on...
- Dasani Purified Water does not name its water source on the label, but notes the water is treated through reverse osmosis.
- Deer Park Natural Spring Water lists 7 towns in Pennsylvania and Maryland as possible locations for the spring water. No treatment method is listed.
- Ice Mountain Natural Spring Water lists 2 springs in Michigan as possible sources, on the label, but fails to describe its treatment methods.
- Nestlé Pure Life Purified Water’s label indicates that the water is drawn from either a “deep protected” Pennsylvania well or the public water supply of Allentown, PA, and is treated by either reverse osmosis or distillation.
- Ozarka Drinking Water is drawn from the “Houston Municipal Water Supply” and treated using “reverse osmosis, carbon filtration, microfiltration and ozonation.” Ozarka does not label this information on other products. Labels on Ozarka’s Natural Spring Water and Aquapod Natural Spring Water list springs in 2 Texas counties as possible sources and fail to reveal how the water is treated.
- Poland Spring Natural Spring Water’s label lists 6 towns in Maine as possible locations for its spring water and does not give treatment methods.
- Zephyrhills Natural Spring Water lists springs in 3 Florida counties as possible sources for its water and provides no information on how the water is treated.
You must have heard news about Pepsi Co., using water containing pesticides for their Pepsi products in India. The fact is companies have not been completely honest in the past about their products. The report creates various doubts about the safety of bottled water. For many years tap water has been under scrutiny for the potential risks involved with chemicals, added minerals, and general impurities that can cause dangerous side effects. It was surprising to know that bottled water is not considered under the gun as tap water as discussed in my previous blog. The EWG reports are eye opener and I hope that you gather more information about your bottled water before you decide to consider it for long term use.