…some substances may prove more difficult to manage in bottled than tap water. This is generally because bottled water is stored for longer periods and at higher temperatures than water distributed in piped distribution systems. Control of materials used in containers and closures for bottled waters is, therefore, of special concern…
May 3–9, 2009 is National Drinking Water Week. Each year, the
American Water Works Association and an alliance of organizations,
including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), sponsor
National Drinking Water Week to highlight the importance of tap water
and the need to reinvest in our nation's drinking water infrastructure.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have created a new website dedicated to the safety of our drinking water.
Topics discussed include:
- Public Water Systems
- Private Water Systems
- Water Flouridation
- Camping, Hiking, Travel
- Bottled Water
From the site:
commercially-bottled water, or through a personal filtration device, it
is important to know where your water comes from, how it has been
treated, and whether it is safe to drink!
CDC Drinking Water Home Page: http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/drinking/index.html Read More
From the New York Times article: Pressure Is on to Recycle Water Filters…
Drew McGowan, a Clorox spokesman, said the cost of a nationwide recycling program would be “absolutely astronomical, and there’s no way any one company can afford to do this.” Nonetheless, a test program may begin within the next year that will let people return the filters to retail stores, he said.
A new study by the Environmental Working Group investigates serious contaminant levels in bottled water. Findings include Bottled water contains disinfection byproducts, fertilizer residue, and pain medication.
The resulting recommendations for consumers include:
- Drink filtered tap water instead of bottled water
- Stop using plastic water bottles… switch to stainless steel
- Urge policymakers to improve source water protection programs
Executive summary of the article:
What consumers can do about the problem:
http://www.ewg.org/research/bottled-water-quality-investigation/recommendations Read More
A new posting at The Consumerist discusses a study looking at contaminants in brand name bottled water from major retailers.