If you think bottled water is safer than tap water, you will need to read the following.
A Dutch study presented at a recent meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Washington, DC. Found that 40% of bottled water is contaminated with bacteria and or fungi.
Chemical or biological contamination of bottled water has been already found for many years. Some readers may already have known that some so called spring water is actually tap water without any purification. Many brands of bottled water are indeed inferior to tap water in regard to their security.
Years ago when I was in graduate school, we did a sensory evaluation on the odor of the bottled water. We found that the opaque bottles often times take strong plastic odor.
To avoid ingestion of pollutants through water, consumers will need to use as less water as possible. Drinking 8 cups a day may not always be necessary. Let common sense be your guide. Drinking too much water can get you a lot of pollutants.
If you buy and drink bottled water, make sure the bottle is transparent. I suggest that opaque and colored bottles be avoided. At home, you’d better use a filter for the tap water, especially once you have a kid or two. Filters need to be certified by a third party for its audio quality. There are some products on the marketplace that just self-claim certain advantages. Do not use these products