The Pros And Cons Of Bottled Water

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Drinking water is essential for our survival. The recommended consumption of water daily in the U.S. is eight glasses a day. Without clean and readily available water we would perish. Having the ability to choose which water to drink; and the methods in which we consume such a product is where the controversy ensues. Municipal water or what is referred to as tap water, is better quality, healthier and cheaper option versus bottled water when the water is drawn from the plant or Municipal source. According to the Mayo Clinic (2015), website, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) both oversee the standards for the quality of water. The FDA oversees the bottled water and the EPA oversees the tap water to consumers, however, FDA regulations do not cover water that is packaged and sold within the same state, and so 60 to 70% of bottled water, including water-cooler water, is fairly unregulated. Bottled water has to meet less strict regulations…show more content…
The cost of bottled water versus tap water is about 1000 times greater the price when compared; bout 1 dollar per 20oz bottle versus that of tap water which is about 1 cent per gallon from a municipality ("Bottled vs. Tap," n.d.). The EPA mandates that water treatment plants provide all residents a detailed result of any testing, to include levels of contamination, if any. The Food and Drug Administration regulates bottled water because water is defined as “food” under federal regulations. Bottled water companies have no directives stating that they need to do the same or adhere to such guidelines. Public water systems are also required to test for contaminants four times as often as bottled water; bottled water companies are only required to test once a week. Even with such lax standards many bottled water companies do not always comply with the standardized
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