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Bottled Water vs. Tap Water
Without water, life on Earth would not exist. Americans have been consuming more bottled water than ever. Bottled water can be found in every convenience store and super market with multiple different brands and even fruity flavors. Tap water, on the other hand, can be found in every individual’s home. So what makes bottled water a better choice? Is the extra money spent on bottled water worth it?
Bottled water has become so popular that it is now second on the charts to soda pop. According to “Bottled Water: Better Than the Tap?” by Anne Bullers, Americans drank five billion gallons in 2001. That’s about the same amount of water that falls from the American Falls at Niagara Falls in two hours. So much bottled water requires so plastic, which is definitely a negative for an environment. Even though FDA and EPA set numerous regulations for all bottled water, the tests for tap water is just as intense. Tap water has lead testing levels set to no higher than 15 parts per billion (ppb). Lead is tested because it can leach from pipes as water travels from water utilities to home faucets. In bottled water, where lead pipes are not used, the lead limit is set at 5 ppb. Fluoride may also be added to bottled water within the limits set by the FDA. People believe that bottled water is safer, but there is not enough evidence to prove that theory.
It is said that a living being cannot survive two days without the consumption of water. When it comes down to it, water is water and it is the most essential part of the human diet. People should not be concerned whether their water comes from the tap or a bottle. They should be worried about the cleanliness of their water. Bottled is not safer than clean tap, it is just peoples preference if they want to spend more money for what they can essentially get for free.