If you and your family drink tap water often, then this article is going to be an eye-opener. Are you aware of all the potential dangers you expose yourself to when drinking municipal tap water? Here's 10 reasons why you should NEVER drink tap water again:
1. Roughly 10% of all the water we drink has been used before; there's no such thing as NEW tap water!
2. Municipal water plants use chlorine to disinfect water during the treatment process. And when it eventually gets to your home, it still contains high levels of chlorine and chlorine byproducts (THMs). In fact, EPA guidelines allow up to 4 parts per million (ppm) of chlorine to be used in the disinfection of public water supplies; a standard pool kit states that using more than 3ppm of chlorine is not even safe to swim in!
3. "Cancer risk among people that drink tap water with chlorine is as much as 93% higher than among those whose water does not contain chlorine" - U.S. Council of Environmental Quality
4. It's been determined by the Ralph Nader Research Group that U.S. drinking water contains more than 2,100 toxic chemicals that can cause cancer. Water utilities only test for about 75 of them.
5. Over 90% of all U.S. water systems contain traces of at least 10 synthetic chemicals and lead.
6. "Lead is the #1 environmental health threat to our children." - U.S. EPA
7. The EPA estimates that over 98% of all homes have fixtures, pipes, or solder joints in household plumbing that can leave trace amounts of lead in tap water. Even low levels of lead can cause reduced IQ levels, learning disabilities, and behavioral problems such as hypertension and attention span disorders in children.
8. When you drink tap water, without using an effective and reliable filtration system, you're forcing your kidneys and liver to filter out all the iron, chlorine, synthetic chemicals, and other contaminants.
9. Researchers from the U.S. EPA and the National Geological Survey have found antibiotics, birth control drugs, anti-depressants, and even caffeine in many water samples from across the country.
10. Seeing that only about 1% of the water supplied to our homes is used for consumption, it's not even logical for municipal plants to completely filter all the water that goes through it.
Those pictures of mountains and fresh mountain springs are just there to distract you from the fact that you're often just drinking tap water. That's right, most bottled water comes from the same sources as your tap water.
Most bottled water goes unregulated by any federal organization unless it's shipped across state lines.
Bottled water costs 5 cents an ounce -- that's 3 cents more than gasoline. That's a lot of profit for companies like Aquafina and Dasani which bottle virtually free filtered tap water.
Plastic water bottles don't really degrade. So the 1.5 million tons of plastic that the bottled water industry makes each year is going to be around until we run out of places to put it.
The bottled water industry is a big energy hog. Between making bottles and shipping water, they guzzle around 47 million gallons of oil per year -- that's a lot of fossil fuel.
Bottled water companies go into small communities and buy up all of their fresh water. Then local communities are forced to pay for water that should be free to access -- until the water supply is gone, that is.
Every year, Americans spend over $10 billion on bottled water. That's $10 billion for water that often literally came right out of the tap.
Out in the Pacific lives the Great Pacific Garbage Patch: a thick patch of garbage roughly twice the size of Texas. It's mostly made up of plastic and bottled water is one of the world's most disposable items.
Carbon dioxide is the greenhouse gas responsible for rising temperatures and melting ice caps. The bottled water produced in the United States annually produces around 4,500,000 tons of carbon dioxide a year -- the equivalent of the emissions produced by 900,000 homes.