Let's compare bottled water to tap water

Today in America, bottled water is a multi-billion dollar industry. It is the fastest growing and most profitable segment of the entire beverage industry!

Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent each week by water bottlers to create the perception that bottled water comes from some magical pristine mountain spring or pure underground aquifer.

The plain truth is that most bottled water is little more than tap water in a bottle. According to a four-year study conducted in 1999 by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) these conclusions were made:

1) One-third of the bottled water tested contained levels of contamination which exceeds allowable limits under either state or bottled water industry standards or guidelines.

2) 40% of all bottled water comes from a city water system.

3) 60-70% of all bottled water uses a ³loophole² to be exempt from FDA's bottled water standards. If they are bottled and sold in the same state they are exempt from complying with basic health standards.

The Natural Resources Defense Council report concluded that: "Therefore, while much tap water is indeed risky, having compared available data, we conclude that there is no assurance that bottled water is any safer than tap water."