Erien Answers Your Question: What Type of Water is Best? Part 2
Genesis 1:9,10 – Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so.
10 and God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God say that it was good.
One of the greatest challenges when it comes to “bottled water” is knowing exactly what is in the bottle. As we continue with our study of water via the highly recommended resource: Water: the Ultimate Cure by Steve Meyerowitz also known as the “Sproutman”, we are faced with the issue of determining exactly what is in the priceless life sustaining liquid in each bottle.
According to a four-year test conducted by the National Resources Defense Council in 1998, of the 103 bottled waters tested one-third was contaminated with bacteria and other chemicals exceeding industry standards. In 2000, the New York water tampering scare that affected twenty-four people and discovered that ammonia, sodium hydroxide, and chlorine had been introduced into the bottles.
Although we have moved beyond the above issues, one of the largest issues in 2017 regarding the multi-billion dollar bottled water industry is SCAM. Many researchers will argue the point that bottled water is not necessary for America because tap water is safer. Publicly-sourced water undergoes more rigorous testing than non-public sourced water. I am sure that people living in Michigan may have a few things to say about this since there were clear indications that the screening and testing process of the municipal water supply was significantly compromised to the detriment of many unsuspecting consumers. As far as the public water supply goes, 45% of the “bottled” water originates from a municipal water supply while 55% of the bottled water such as Crystal Geyser and Arrowhead in the United States comes from natural water sources.
Therefore, whether you consume Aquafina packaged by Pepsi which comes from sixteen municipal sources in Detroit, Fresno, and Munster, Indiana or Dasani packaged by Coke which also originates from municipal water supplies all of the non-source bottled water is the same. Your question may be what makes them different? The answer is the way in which the sourced water is treated which also largely dictates the cost of production. The municipal water may be treated with ozone, de-ionization, carbon and micron filtration, and ultraviolet light to improve the taste and quality of the final product. Essentia water of Woodinville, Washington, Aquafina, and Dasani utilizes reverse osmosis to clean their water. Therefore, the bottom line is that non-sourced bottled water can be safer, more consistent in quality and content, and cleaner than naturally sourced water dependent upon the treatment method used.
Next time we will continue with this topic and examine the Convenience, the Container, and best way to determine the Composition of bottled water.