It’s another beautiful sunny day here in Panama City, Florida.
And, I like it…
I just ‘feel’ better on sunny days. More ideas. More energy , yet laid back on the same time.
So, as some of us more friendly ‘hillbillys’ like to say, “let’s get it on“!
Uh, excuse my exuberance. We’ll blame it on the sunshine.
Today, let’s talk about water. The kind we should be drinking. And why it’s important…
In the U.S., the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) regulates bottled water. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates tap water, or municipal, public drinking water.
Wanting some ‘official’ background, I checked out the FDA’s bottled water regulating information on their website at: Bottled Water Regulations
The site is written in political/lawyer speak, a language I’d rather avoid. Yet, I read the damn thing in hopes I could distill their bottle water regs into a few sentences that even us laypeople can understand.
Here’s an example of FDA disclosure in action:
“FDA establishes allowable levels for contaminants in bottled water.
There are microbiological standards that set allowable coliform levels; physical standards that set allowable levels for turbidity, color and odor; and radiological standards that set levels for radium-226 and radium-228 activity, alpha-particle activity, beta particle and photon radioactivity, and uranium.
The standard of quality also includes allowable levels for more than 70 different chemical contaminants…”
Well, it looks like bottle water manufacturers have the FDA’s approval to sell us concoctions of questionable content.
But, since almost half of bottled water is pretty much tap water, we’re lucky the FDA isn’t quite so lenient.
“…about 40% of bottled water is basically filtered tap water. Both Dasani and Aquafina derive their water from municipal sources.
Aquafina, a Pepsi product, includes on its labels that it is bottled from a public water source. Coca-Cola’s Dasani doesn’t…”
There’s a lot of information on the FDA site, but I’ll sum it up:
Manufacturers of bottled water, in this country and foreign importers, are on the ‘honor’ system to self-inspect their operations, and their products, and only report health, and safety issues to the FDA, as the occasion arises.
And, other than random and rare inspections, the FDA seldom interferes with the manufacturers unless acting upon consumer complaints.
Disregarding the economics of paying for something we can get for a fraction of its cost, bottled water is possibly laced with PET and BPA leaching from the plastic containers it’s bottled in.
PET and BPA can cause serious health issues. PET and BPA Health Dangers
If you omit the plastic problem, I figure that bottled water and tap water are about equal when comparing their purity.
Bottled water is a waste of money, and environmentally harmful:
Yes, and no…
We do pay more money for a bottle of water than we would for 100 gallons of tap water. (rough estimate)
Though the kickers are the unnecessary use of natural resources and energy from making, what is essentially a specialty item, bottled water.
It takes over 1.5 million barrels of oil to meet the demand of U.S. water bottle manufacturing.
And, this doesn’t include fossil fuel and emissions costs from the green house gases used in manufacturing and transporting the final product to market.
On the plus side, bottled water is easily and economically transported and stored for emergencies.
Because of the news media, We’re both aware of bottled water’s major drawback: the difficulty (and price) of plastic bottle disposal.
- 32 million tons of plastic waste were generated in 2012 (freshest stats I could find)
- Only 9 percent of the total plastic waste generated in 2012 was recovered for recycling
- It takes water bottles about 1,000 years to bio-degrade, give or take a century or so
- Incinerating the bottles produces toxic fumes
- And, it’s estimated that over 80% of all single-use water bottles sold in the U.S. ends up as litter.
The environmental cost of the massive consumption of bottled water has led some U.S. and Canadian local governments to consider a ban on their sale.
Some U.S. colleges have already banned sales, as have cities like Concord, MAm and Bundanon, New South Wales, AU.
Types of bottled water:
Artesian Water: well tapping a confined aquifer in which the water level stands at some height above the top of the aquifer.
Mineral Water: Water containing not less than 250 ppm total dissolved solids that originates from a geologically and physically protected underground water source.
Mineral water is characterized by constant levels and relative proportions of minerals and trace elements at the source. No minerals may be added to mineral water.
Purified Water: Water that is produced by distillation, deionization, reverse osmosis or other suitable processes and that meets the definition of “purified water” in the U.S. Pharmacopeia, 23d Revision, Jan. 1, 1995.
May also be called “demineralized water,” “deionized water,” “distilled water,” and “reverse osmosis water.”
Sparkling Bottled Water: Water that, after treatment and possible replacement of carbon dioxide, contains the same amount of carbon dioxide that it had at emergence from the source.
Spring Water: Water derived from an underground formation from which water flows naturally to the surface of the earth at an identified location.
Spring water may be collected at the spring or through a bore hole tapping the underground formation feeding the spring, but there are additional requirements for use of a bore hole.
Click on the following blue link to get more information about the above list: Consumers Reports On Bottled Water
Personally, I drink a lot of water.
Very little comes from bottles.
I drink water that comes from a kitchen faucet filter that I bought at Amazon.
As usual, I’ll remind you…
“I don’t know anything for certain and I’ve no advice about anything. My role is reporting upon my research and sharing personal stories with you“.
Still, I hope to inspire you in some small way.
Ideas for me, your aging related story, or comments are always very welcome.