Sup­port clean mu­nic­i­pal wa­ter in­stead

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We know we should be drink­ing lots of wa­ter, but will just any old wa­ter suf­fice? For many who want to know the best source for wa­ter, the hard­est part is when we’re thirsty and ready to fill our cups. The bot­tled-wa­ter in­dus­try mar­kets its prod­ucts as pure and safe, but th­ese claims are not what they seem to be. Here are some com­pelling rea­sons to avoid bot­tled wa­ter:

Bot­tled wa­ter pro­duc­tion lacks over­sight.

As a pack­aged food prod­uct, bot­tled wa­ter is reg­u­lated by the FDA, whose rules are looser than the lim­its im­posed by the EPA on tap wa­ter. Bev­er­ages like sparkling wa­ter, seltzer wa­ter, soda wa­ter, tonic wa­ter, or club soda are con­sid­ered “soft drinks,” and are ex­empt even from bot­tled-wa­ter stan­dards. Most bot­tled wa­ter never crosses state lines for sale, which even ex­empts it from FDA over­sight! When tested, nearly one in four of the bot­tled wa­ters vi­o­lated state con­tam­i­na­tion lim­its for bot­tled wa­ter, most com­monly for ar­senic or cer­tain can­cer-caus­ing, man-made (syn­thetic) or­ganic com­pounds.

Drink­ing plas­tic isn’t good for you.

Plas­tic bot­tles break down and leach BPA and other en­docrine dis­rupters into the wa­ter you’re drink­ing, which can con­trib­ute to can­cer, in­fer­til­ity, low sperm count, and even ADHD and asthma.

Bot­tled wa­ter is a bad value.

Bot­tled wa­ter is more ex­pen­sive per ounce than gaso­line.

Bot­tled wa­ter means more garbage.

Con­sider this: 90 per­cent of seabirds now have plas­tic in their stom­achs.

More bot­tled wa­ter means less at­ten­tion paid to pub­lic wa­ter sys­tems.

We should main­tain high qual­ity wa­ter foun­tains so that fresh, clean wa­ter can be avail­able to peo­ple at all times.

In the United States, mu­nic­i­pal wa­ter is mon­i­tored un­der strin­gent EPA rules and un­der­goes reg­u­lar in­spec­tions for bac­te­ria and toxic chem­i­cals. How­ever, given re­cent find­ings of tox­ins like lead in mu­nic­i­pal wa­ter, the best plan is to fil­ter tap wa­ter, ideally us­ing a solid block car­bon fil­ter for on-counter use or an un­der-the­counter multi-stage fil­ter. Maya Shetreat-Klein, MD, is a pe­di­atric neu­rol­o­gist and author of The Dirt Cure: Grow­ing Healthy Kids with Food Straight from Soil.

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