The Effects Of Bottled Water

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Bottled water is one of products popularly consumed for the previous few decades. Because of the marketing of bottled water, people prefer to drink bottled water rather than tap water. Research has shown the fact that bottled water may not be as safe as the water provided by local utilities. So, why do people choose to drink bottled water and is bottled water as pure as advertised? There are also concerns about the effects of bottled-water on human health and the natural environment, due to the use of plastic bottles. People should have the fact about the safety and purity of tap water compared to bottled water and the disadvantageous effect of plastic to health and environment, so they may lessen drinking bottled water and change to tap water. …show more content…
In comparison, the residents living in Fairfax City, Falls Church City are receiving tap water from the Fairfax Water Board. In the 2014 Annual Water Quality Report, the sources of raw water in Fairfax mostly come from the Potomac River and the Occoquan Reservoir. Two plants are in charge of treating raw water are the James J. Corbalis Jr. Treatment Plant and the Frederick P. Griffith Jr. Treatment Plant (“2014 Annual Water Quality Report”). Similarly to bottled water, tap water is stringently treated to satisfy the EPA standard before reaching to each household in Fairfax County (“FDA Regulates the Safety of Bottled Water Beverages Including Flavored Water and Nutrient-Added Water …show more content…
The tap water, on the other hand, showed no activity on either form of receptor. (Landa)
The article also notes that the healthy adults will not suffer fatal effect if they drink bottled water. However, 24,500 chemical found in the bottled waters from the research would be dangerous for “small children, women of child-bearing age, and pregnant women” since chemical from bottled water disturb “stunted growth, early puberty, premature birth, infertility, and early menopause” (Landa).
Not only chemicals in bottled water cause the negative effects to people, but also the bottles itself jeopardize people’s health. Most of water bottles are made from plastic and this is a material that easily reacts under high and low temperature. Even though the scientists have found no case which people died because of drinking bottled water, but it is hard to deny that plastic could have negative health effects. One of the chemicals known as bisphenol (A), which was detected in plastic of bottles and the linings covering foods and beverage cans, can leach into food and drinks, extracting from the Web site (Knoblauch). The author Knoblauch also emphasizes the significantly increasing rate of heart disease and diabetes if people

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