Is it Healthier to Drink Local Bottled Water or Local Tap Water?
Dr. Joanna Castner Post
Intro to College Writing
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Studies have shown there can be various distinguishing effects on the body and the environment from the consumption of tap water compared to the use of bottled water. In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with drinking tap water nor does it effect our environment. Bottled water, on the other hand, has an extensive effect on the environment because plastic bottles take so many years to biodegrade in our local landfills. Consumers today spend a certain amount of money on bottled water that may not even be safe to drink. Spending a greater amount of money on something does not
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has the safest drinking water in the world. It also mentions that more than 286 million Americans get their water from a community water system (2012). Wellness Sultana said that chemicals like chlorine and fluoride are used to treat the water and kill any germs that may exist in it but it is not enough to harm your body (K. Ashley). According to the investigation by the Associated Press, drinking water supplies in 24 major metropolitan areas were found to include drugs. The drugs get into the drinking supply through several routes: some people flush unneeded medication down toilets; other medicine gets into the water supply after people take medication, absorb some, and pass the rest out in urine or feces (K. Doheny). According to Natural Society, tap water regulation is performed by the Environmental Protection Agency and does not undergo the same rules as the bottled water; the rules on tap water is much more strict that those of the FDA’s for bottled water (2012). Although the rules are much more strict than those of FDA’s, unfiltered tap water is not a healthy alternative. Unfiltered tap water, like bottled water, still contains a huge amount of harmful substances such as lead, arsenic, pharmaceutical drugs, recreational drugs, chlorine, fluoride, rocket fuel, and radiation (Natural Society, 2012). M. Ryan reported that tap water is regulated under the strict standards of EPA but that some contaminants get by (Competitor, 2012).