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Timm’s Top 5 Reasons NOT to Buy Bottled Water

Let me begin here by stating my stance on bottled water.  Yes, I’m a bottled water snob! Actually I’m a water snob in general. I never touch the stuff! Bottled or otherwise. Hand me a cold Dr. Pepper on a hot summer day and I’m just dandy. Not healthy, mind you, just dandy.
But the world seems to have embraced it! It started with Perrier. Somehow, a French company convinced people it’s cool to buy bottled water. Today, Evian has surpassed Perrier in sales and now it’s the chic French water of choice. Why? It costs about 5 bucks a gallon! Why do people pay so much for something they can get virtually free?
If they’re not buying Evian, they buy Aquafina and Dasani and the dozens of new brands that are jumping into this billion-dollar business, including bizarre ones like Venus, the Water for Women, and Trump Ice, with “The Donald” scowling on the label. I’d have to be very thirsty to buy that.
Here are the TOP 5 reasons NOT to buy bottled water… But don’t worry, there are PLENTY more than just 5.

1- Disposable plastic water bottles are not meant for multiple uses. Hence the word “disposable”. The #1 polyethylene terephthalate, is fine for a single use, but reuse can lead to chemical leaching of toxins such as DEHA, a known carcinogen, and benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP), a potential hormone disrupter.

2- Making plastic bottles to meet Americans’ demand for bottled water requires more than 1.5 million barrels of oil annually, which is enough to fuel some 100,000 cars for a year (NY Times).

3- Buying bottled water is expensive. To drink the recommended daily amount of water using bottled water can cost an average of $1,400 per year, and to drink the same amount from the tap costs around $0.49 for the year (NY Times).

4- Tap water is fine to drink. 90% of tap water in the U.S. meets or exceeds EPA standards for drinking water.

5- At least 40% of bottled water is tap water anyways. That’s right…you’re paying big bucks on water that you could have just gotten from your kitchen tap.

6. (A bonus reason)- Plastic water bottles take about a bazillion years to biodegrade. As if you didn’t know this…

People also say they drink bottled water because they believe it’s safer than tap water. One man I know says he’s the only one “who’s brave enough” to drink tap water at home. His family’s afraid to drink tap water because of germs, he said. At recent Earth Day celebrations, a lot of people said they believe tap water is unhealthy. “As a parent I feel more comfortable giving her bottled water,” one father was quoted as saying.
Bottled water, we were told, is cleaner, safer, healthier. Watching bottled water ads, you’d think that tap water might not be healthy. But it’s not true.
“20/20” took five bottles of national brands of bottled water and a sample of tap water from a drinking fountain in the middle of New York City and sent them to microbiologist Aaron Margolin of the University of New Hampshire to test for bacteria that can make you sick, like e. coli.
“There was actually no difference between the New York City tap water and the bottled waters that we evaluated,” he said. Many scientists have run tests like that and have consistently found that tap water is as good for you as bottled waters that cost 500 times more.
So, seriously, folks…  Drop the act.  Lose the “snobbery”.  Save the planet. Go Green! All at the same time.  OR, choose your options wisely. Dr. Pepper is my “green” choice!

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