Is Bottled drinking Water really Safe as it's Believed to Be!
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Is Bottled drinking Water really Safe as it's Believed to Be!

Jan 23, 2019

In the current year, the usage of bottled water has shown a striking increase in urban areas than that of fizzy drinks. The easy availability of bottled water in groceries, restaurants, gas stations and even kiosks has encouraged people to opt for bottles over tap water. The bottled water is handy, calorie free and a lot tastier than the regular tap water. Also, the maintenance of public water tanks and the heath standards of tap water have become questionable. With the rise in quest for drinking clean water and the increased awareness on water borne diseases, the sales of water bottles has shown exponential growth. But is bottled water as safe as it is believed to be? Multiple controversies around the drinking of bottled water have raised a lot of questions about its safety.

Is the bottled mineral water just regular tap water with fancy labels?

Many health experts argue that the mineral water packed in clean bottles are nothing but regular tap water. The evocative labels and graphical images have made people believe that the packed water is the cleanest drink available.

In most of the cases, the water is the normal municipality water. In worst cases, the catchy bottles are packed with water from hazardous sites. A few organisations claim that some brands of mineral water contain bacteria and carcinogenic substances in levels exceeding the regular standards.

The next problem comes with the chemicals involved in cleaning the tap water. The bottled water that claims to be clean may be free of microbes but is not devoid of fluorides and chlorine. Consumption of water with high levels of fluoride can result in bone and teeth disease.

Is the bottle really safe?

Even if the water available in the plastic bottles is considered safe, there is a question about the safety of the bottles used. Bisphenol A (BPA), Polyethylene terephthalate (PET), Phthalates are three major chemicals involved in making of plastic bottles.

Consuming food from plastics made of these chemicals can cause a number of health hazards. They are suspected to cause damage to endocrine and reproductive systems. When these bottles are dumped after usage, a lot of chemicals penetrate into the soil causing environmental damage.

Controversies around extraction of groundwater:

Bottled water is a trillion dollar business. Some industries are accused of draining the groundwater from rural areas. This has made the fertile lands unfit for agriculture.

Safer options:

The best way to drink clean water is to use water reverse osmosis filters and ionizing water machines. Ultra violet ray filtration helps to remove bacteria and other microbes. The filtered water can be stored in eco friendly metal containers. Water stored in copper vessels has a lot of health benefits.

Finally, curbing the usage of bottled water can provide a solution to health hazards and environmental damage.