Bottled Water, Anyone?


by Rey Beltran |

How safe is your bottled water? Many water bottlers claim that their bottled water is clean and healthy. Preying on your fears because of water pollution and other causes has a big payoff in terms of consistent sales and the mushrooming of bottled water dealers and their ilk. It’s no wonder that the worldwide sales of bottled water range from $50 billion to $100 billion a year.

But the fact is bottled water is expensive and overly priced. They are sometimes unsanitary, too. Consider the plastic bottles they use for it. Most small 500 ml pet bottles are made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Its harmful plastic chemicals and hormone disruptors can leach into the water. What about those bottles waters coming in liters and gallons? In 2000, Consumer Reports reported that 8 out of 10 large 5-gallon bottled waters tested had the dangerous endocrine disruptor bisphenol A (BPA) in the water. Did you know that BPA has been linked various types of cancers like breast cancer and prostate cancer? It is also being linked with diabetes and other reproductive development problems.

Did you also know that plastic leaching increases with age and heat? So storing bottled water is not advised. You have to consume it ASAP.

In another test administered by National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) on more than 1,000 water bottles, including 103 bottled water brands, 1/3 contained arsenic, bacteria, and synthetic organics exceeding allowable limits!

Bottled water also costs 500 to 3,000 times more than tap. Need we mention Perrier? Because most bottled water is simply just filtered tap, why not buy a quality filtration system? Sure it might be expensive, but in the long run, it’s going to be cheaper compared to when you buy bottled water regularly.

Here are some alternatives to bottled water:

Tap Water. Filtered by either Maynilad or Manila Water, tap is regularly tested for bacteria and toxins. But since toxic chemicals like chlorine, chloramines, and fluoride are routinuely added to it, and contamination can happen during water transport from the source to your home, you need to consider installing a water purifier.

Water Purifier System. A wide range of water purification system is available for your home. There’s basic water filtration system, or you can go for a reverse osmosis water purification system. Whatever you choose to buy, read the benefits first and consider the cost.

Bottom line is, why buy an expensive bottled water when you can always bottle your own water in the comfort of your own home.



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