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Bottled Water vs. Tap Water
Transcript of Bottled Water vs. Tap Water
Microorganisms from human & animal fecal matter
People at risk of contaminated tap water:
People with weak immune systems Study done by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group found:
260 contaminants in public water supply
141 of these contaminants are unregulated chemicals with no safety
standards or methods of removal Hormones:
U.S. sewage-treatment plant contained excreted aspirin, caffeine and nicotine
EPA Scientists are concerned that many of these drugs will be endocrine disrupters for humans
Release of pharmaceuticals into tap water may result in disease-causing bacteria
Consumers believe bottled water is better tasting, cleaner, and convenient
Provides safe water in times of disaster or where tap water cannot be provided
TRANSPORTATION for one bottle of water from its location of origin requires 2,000 times the amount of energy consumed in filing a glass from the tap
CONSUMPTION: for every liter of water that goes into a bottle, two liters are used to make the plastic for the bottle and to bottle the water
It takes 15 million barrels of oil per year to make all of the plastic water bottles in America
POLLUTION: On average 76% of water bottles end up in landfills
DAMAGE: sink holes/ aquifer depletion. Extracting too fast.
The US-FDA does not require bottled water to be monitored for parasites
The US-FDA has allowable contaminant level goals to reduce levels of arsenic, lead and nitrates, but breached levels of these contaminants does not initiate a recall of the product
Despite public perception of water cleanliness, large industrial companies have considerable leeway with production and advertising, allowing them to exaggerate the quality of their products
Tap water is better for the environment!
~ 40% of Tap water is bottled water
Tap water costs between 1,900 and 4,000 times less than bottled water
To fill 1 bottle of water costs $0.00079
Regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The EPA has Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs)
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By: Amy Gex, Keeley Rideout, Simone Franklin, Hillary Van Beek