Bottled water woes who’s watching our water? part-1

Bottled water, because it is defined as a “food” under federal regulations, is under the authority if the Food and Drug Administration(FDA), while the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under much stricter standards, regulates tap water( your homes water supply). Thus, bottled water, depending upon your brand, may actually be less clean and safe than your tap water. The EPA mandates that local municipal water treatment plants supply a detailed accounting of source results, and of contaminate levels found in  testing, to residents. That must be done several times daily to meet guidelines set by the EPA. Where as bottled water companies are under no such directive. The National Resources Defense Council studied and found 18 out of 103 bottled water brands tested contained “more bacteria than allowed under legal microbiological-purity guidelines.” One fifth of the brands tested positive for the presence of synthetic chemicals, such as industrial chemicals, and chemicals used to produce plastic bottles. Phthlate, a harmful chemical used in the manufacture of plastic bottles had leeched into the water from it’s plastic container. Processed water is heated to 185 degrees in processing and bottling.

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