Is bottled water safer than tap? (Environment (Chemicals in tap water…
Is bottled water safer than tap?
25% of bottled water is tap (Spring vs Purified)
Trump administration harming the Clean Water Act
Different sources are regulated less intensively
Water quality is overseen by the EPA
FDA monitors bottled water
Certain sources of water are regulated more intensively
Kinds of water: artesian, groundwater, distilled, deionized, reverse osmosis, mineral, purified, sparkling, spring, and well water
"Standard of Identity" vs "Standard of Quality" (FDA)
Water in the US vs the UK
Reverse Osmosis- water treatment process that removes contaminants from water by using pressure to force water molecules through a semipermeable membrane. During that, the water is filtered.
Desalination of Ocean Water contributes to global warming and requires large amounts of energy, emissions are also released. Does turn water into a commodity
Ozonation- taking water from the atmosphere/ ozone
Warka Water Tower (Ethiopia) Pulls water from air
Carnegie Perth Wave Energy project (Australia) Generates energy from motion of ocean as well as filters ocean water to be drinking water
Filters on sinks
Scientists have found that .1 mm of plastic is found per 10.4 liters, meaning a person that drinks a bottle a day is consuming tens of thousands of microplastic particles a year (Orb)
Quantity v.s. Quality
People willingly drink and buy bottled or tap water
Bottled water can do more harm than good
If tap water has more chemicals in it, why give it to yourself, families, or others.
Tap water contains trace amounts of chlorine, but that can be good to kill bacteria
Rules being followed by agencies
In U.S. bottled water is regulated as a packaged food product by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Waste water from Reverse Osmosis
Fewer available sources for fresh water
Chemicals in tap water
Skin issues, nausea and more
Plastic from bottles
Water bottle production uses a lot of energy and materials