Week 7 – Tuesday’s 2 Minute Sip – Cap or Tap: What Everyone Should Know About Water. 

Written and Produced By: Jarel McRae, Intern – Kennesaw State Univerity

Bottled water is one of the most rapid growing beverages in the world, but is drinking a bottle of water right for your health?
tap-waterThe United States spends over $100 billions every year on bottled water globally. In some cities where tap water is not safe, bottled water has become their primary source of drinking water and their only option.

In the U.S., the tap water is federally monitored and must be screened for dangerous pollutants due to the Safe Drinking Water Act in 1978 to ensure that all drinking water that is “actually or potentially designed for drinking use, whether from above ground or underground sources,” must meet the minimum safety standards established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The public drinks around 21 gallons or 79 liters of bottled water per capita per year on average, according to the Columbia Water Center at Columbia University’s Earth Institute in New York.  But what makes bottled water more dangerous or hazardous to our health us the plastic being made from polycarbonate, which often contains bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical linked to reproductive problems and heart disease. Some companies even went as far not to use BPA and promote BPA-free products.
Because of the commons misbelief that bottled water is better than tap because it goes through filtration many rather drink bottled water than tap. But tap water is already treated with the same particles, chemicals, bacteria and parasites that bottled water is treated for. According to the National Sanitation Foundation website, “bottled water is regulated by the FDA, which has established water-quality requirements similar to those set by the EPA for public water supplies. Bottled water products and public water supplies are not required by either agency to be 100% free of contaminants, but the end product should always meet all federal, state or provincial drinking water standards.”
●    The United States spends over $100 billions every year on bottled water globally.
●    tap water is federally monitored and must be screened for dangerous pollutants due to the Safe Drinking Water Act in 1978 to ensure that all drinking water that is “actually or potentially designed for drinking use
●    The public drinks around 21 gallons or 79 liters of bottled water per capita per year on average,
●    The plastic used for bottled water contains polycarbonate, which often contains bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical linked to reproductive problems and heart disease.
●     commons misbelief that bottled water is better than tap because it goes through filtration many rather drinks bottled water than tap. But tap water is already treated with the same particles, chemicals, bacteria and parasites that bottled water is treated for.