Argumentative Essay On Tap Water

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What 's the next biggest controversy besides the next president? The next biggest controversy is if bottled water is safer than tap water. There 's always that memory of drinking from the water hose during the summer, but was a cold bottle of water safer? The most recognized concern for tap water is all the chemicals that are in the water. Bottled water is falsely labeled to hide all the concerning health effects Although tap water negatively affects our health, bottled water affects our health and the planet.
First, tap water is hazardous to the health. Tap water contains chemicals in the water that causes many health issues. One of the chemicals that can be found in tap water is chlorine. Chlorine is used as disinfectant in the water because
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Two decades ago, after the start of chlorinating our drinking water in 1904, the present epidemic of heart trouble, cancer and senility began" (qtd. in Corriher). Another chemical that is most used and talked about in tap water is Fluoride. E.P.A (The Environmental Protection Agency) defines fluoride as toxic waste product from aluminum processing, uranium processing, and fertilizer manufacture. Fluoride was even used as a poison by the Nazi 's. Charles Perkins explains how fluoride was used as a poison, "Repeated doses of infinitesimal amounts of fluoride will in time reduce an individual 's power to resist domination, by slowly poisoning and narcotizing a certain area of the brain, thus making him submissive to the will of those who wish to govern him ( qtd. in Corriheri) ". Not only is there fluoride, but there 's more than just chemicals in tap water. Researcher, Mona Hanna, includes in her article, "Bacteria, including Escherichia coli, were detected in the distribution system, resulting in Safe Drinking Water Act violation. Additional disinfection to control bacteria spurred formation of disinfection byproducts including total trihalomethanes, resulting in Safe Drinking Water Act violations for …show more content…
Bottled water is better but not for all the good reasons. Financially, bottled water is cheaper than tap water. Cases are provided at wholesale stores for discounted prices. This comes in handy when a natural disaster or a spillage occurs and tap water has been contaminated or not accessible. Chemicals are bad, but there aren 't as many as there is in tap water. Bottled water also goes through a lengthier process to be cleaned. The International Bottled Water Association states, " Measures in a multi-barrier approach may include one or more of the following: reverse osmosis, distillation, micro-filtration, carbon filtration, ozonation, and ultraviolet (UV) light" (IBWA). Because of this, tap water has twice as many chemicals than bottled water. Unlike tap water, bottled water comes with a label that shows the which chemicals are in the water even if it may not be all of them. For tap water, it takes testing to find out which chemicals are in it, or a public announcement such as the big event in Flint,

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