Bottled water is constantly promoted as pure and natural, but research by the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism shows it undergoes an industrial bottling process that actually increases risks of contamination compared to tap water.
The article suggests that the fact bottled water companies are more business oriented than government-regulated water corporations may blur away the truth from consumers:
“It’s suggested that if the company finds any problems that they report the problems, but of course, if you are in business to make money, then you will try to alleviate the problem before you tell anybody about it”.
Bottled water is not the healthy option many people think it is. In fact, some bottled water is no less contaminated than ordinary tap water. The plastic bottle it comes in makes matters worse by leaching chemicals into the water, especially if it’s been exposed to heat.
I see no use to cite bottled water companies as they would say anything to sell more bottles. On the other hand, even filtered water is far from being risk-free:
In general, water filters remove only specific types of substances and are labelled for what they will remove, such as chlorine or lead. Water filters do not remove microorganisms; and, are intended for use with water that is known to be microbiologically safe. No single water filter can be used to remove all types of substances from water.
Being more specific, in order to clarify the question:
- Given the points above, where does the best treated tap water ranked among EWG's bottled water scorecard?
- Assuming you live in a city where tap water being properly treated, would it makes sense to consume any kind of bottled water, including mineral*?
*but excluding the fancy flavored\vitamin-enhanced ones
Bottled water companies will never admit if your own house tap water is superior, but will pounce on it when it inferior.