Bottled water has contaminants too, researchers say
The label may picture a pristine mountain stream or a bubbling spring, but bottled water's squeaky-clean image doesn't show the big picture: the contaminants that may be hidden in every swig. A two-year study by the Washington-based Environmental Working Group, an organization founded by scientists that advocates stricter regulation, found contaminants in bottled water purchased in nine states and Washington, D.C.
The International Bottled Water Association objects that the study portrays the presence of contaminants at levels below regulatory limits as a concern. Getting their money's worth is everyone's concern these days, however, and paying more than 1000 times more for a product that doesn't live up to its marketing just doesn't make sense. If consumers aren't getting ultra-pure water for that price, then they must be paying for the paper-thin image of a green environment. Switching to filtered tap water, as the scientists in the study recommend, will go a long way towards actually preserving our natural resources.