Being in the business of selling reusable bottles and recommending tap water, I cringe when I hear news stories about unwanted chemicals like atrazine in our public drinking water supplies. Firstly, I worry about the possible long term health effects on people and critters. Secondly, I worry that these stories will drive people to give up on our public water systems and increasingly rely on bottled water. Elizabeth Royte, author of “Bottlemania” has responded to the latest barrage of bad news about tap water in her article entitled: Every Story about Chemicals in Drinking Water is a Gift to the Bottled Water Industry. I couldn’t agree more.
In a nutshell, bottled water is not a viable alternative to public water systems, nor is it necessarily any safer! If you aren’t familiar with the gross inefficiency and wastefulness of bottled water compared to tap water, please watch our Back2Tap video to learn about the life cycle of a bottle of water.
What we need is continual improvement of our current public water systems. So don’t give up on tap water – encourage the EPA to update drinking water regulations based upon up-to-date independently-financed scientific research. We do need to be sure that our public water supplies are protective of health. Support investment to improve our public water systems. In the long run, it’ll cost us all a lot less than buying our drinking water in bottles. In the meantime, if you live in an agricultural area, you might want to seriously consider filtering your tap water at home during the growing season.