Monthly Archives: January 2011

Tapped: a documentary film

If you have not already checked out Tapped, the 2009 multiple award winner for best documentary film, I highly recommend it. The film does a great job of taking the viewer inside one of the most socially relevant and controversial issues facing the public: access to safe drinking water.

The bottled water boom of the past two decades has changed the way we view water. Bottled water manufacturer’s have managed to turn clean drinking water into a commodity to be bought and sold at a high price to the consumer. Due to a lack of regulation bottled water is often subject to less testing than tap water and in some cases is just bottled tap water.

According to the film Americans will consume 29,000,000 single serve water bottles every year. The cost to the environment is fairly drastic; from the plastic bottles themselves to the fuel used to transport them and the petrochemical plants where they are manufactured. That’s a lot of pollution and contamination.

There is a simple solution to the problem of bottled water waste. We can change our habits and start using reusable bottles, ones that don’t have BPA and other harmful chemicals that can leach into our drinking water, and use filtered tap water instead. In most cases using a water filter is safer and cheaper than buying bottled water while still tasting just as good if not better.

Presidential Cancer Panel recommends filtered water

Drinking filtered water may help reduce the risk of cancer. A report released by the President's Cancer Panel highlights how the risk from carcinogens and endocrine-disrupting chemicals can be reduced by filtering your drinking water. The report also advises that unless there is a known chemical contamination present in your water, it is actually better to drink filtered tap water than to purchase and drink bottled water.

Filtered tap water is also the only form of drinking water that receives an "A" grade from the Environmental Working Group (EWG). The EWG conducted an 18 month study of water quality comparing bottled and filtered water and found that filtered tap water is much better than bottled water and unfiltered tap water.

The EWG concluded that filtered tap water is better for 3 reasons:
1. It saves money
2. It is purer than tap water
3. It helps solve the overuse of plastic water bottles

Water filters are a cheaper and more environmentally conscious alternative to bottled water and more and more evidence is being found that links drinking filtered water to a healthier life.