Bottle Water and Tap Water – The Differences and Similarities

May 12, 2009 at 11:44 am 1 comment

Right up front, you should know this: bottled water is no safer nor cleaner that tap water.  This has been verified by the established and venerable Natural Resources Defense Council and you can read the details on this specific topic in their published report 1999 Bottled Water Report (fueled by 4 years worth of research.)  Why is bottle water not cleaner or safer?  “…bottled water regulations are inadequated to assure consumers of either puirty or safety, although both the federal government and the states have bottled water safety programs.”

So, in ecosumo’s ongoing campaign to stop waste, eliminate the use of disposable water bottles, and save the environment that all organisms NEED to stay alive, we’re giving you a heads up about another angle on the issue of disposable versus reusable water bottles – Tap water versus Bottled Water.  Below are some facts:

  1. Bottled water quality is regulated by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), while drinking water systems follow State and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Being that their standards are not identical, it is important to look at who has standards more “in-line” with health issues of the population and the interests of the environment/
  2. The perception that disposable bottle water is safer and cleaner is a managed perception in the developed world.  You should read about “perception management” – its dangerous stuff.  People’s perception is managed due to the use of “clean” and “safe” images embedded in disposable bottled water companies advertising such as glaciers, waterfalls, and children consuming their product.
  3. Disposable bottled water is required to be tested less frequently than city tap water for bacteria and chemical contaminants.
  4. Disposable bottled water rules allow for some contamination by E. coli or fecal coliform (which indicate possible contamination with fecal matter), contrary to tap water rules, which prohibit any confirmed contamination with these bacteria
  5. There are no requirements for bottled water to be disinfected or tested for parasites such as cryptosporidium or giardia, unlike the rules for big city tap water systems that use surface water sources

Check out this chart below published in the NRDC report.  Educate yourselves, your family, your neighbors and anyone who will listen – disposable bottled water is not only a crime against the environment, but tap water is regulated with higher standards for your health.




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  • […] May 14, 2009 We found this video about how a future civilization would look back upon our behavior of using disposable water bottles.  It’s a bit cheeky, but makes a great point  – how is it we make such bad decisions in the present-tense when we can project how unhealthy, inefficient, and downright dumb they are.  Use REUSABLE WATER BOTTLES!!!  Our tap water is held to higher standards than the bottling industry (we wrote about this in our previous post Bottled Water and Tap Water – The Differences and Similarities.) […]

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