Tap Water should be the Water of Choice
Scientists have warned for years that when bottles are stored in warm and hot temperatures, the plastic been showed to leach chemicals into the water. There are increasing effects of polyethylene terephthalate bottles on our environment. Even the price of bottle water is increasingly outrageous. With the economy the way it is, why spend the money on bottle water. The EPA conducted studies on chemicals found in bottled water. Even though the studies found traceable chemicals, they were all below set safety standards for what our bodies can withstand. Which means the EPA feels that harmful chemicals are all right for human consumption, as long as they are within the standards they have set. The EPA will continue to regulate these chemical by ongoing monitoring of data collected. Still with the EPA testing, experts raise warnings about how dangerous the chemicals are. Here are just a few of the many chemicals found in plastic bottled water. Antimony is a toxic material used in the manufacturing of plastic water bottles. Within the last years, they found the longer you let bottled water sit around the more antimony leaches into the water. “High concentrations of antimony can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea” (Jemmott, 2008). Bisphenol A is another potentially harmful chemical found in the manufacture of plastic bottles. BPA is a chemical used in everyday products, so it would be impossible for the public to avoid. BPA causes behavioral and neurological problems that affect fetuses, babies and children. Affects to the brain also been found in adults exposed to BPA. “Lithium and uranium are poisons also found in plastic bottled water” (Gerald, 2010). Uranium is a presumably radioactive metal. Where lithium is a drug used to treat people with manic episodes. There are hazards associated with these chemicals. Having these poisons in our systems will be poisoning our children and us for generations to come. Even with the standards that our United States Food and Drug Administration have set for bottled water, outbreaks from contaminated water still occur. Contaminated water can lead to a number of adverse health effects. People have known to contract an array of gastrointestinal, reproductive and even neurological problems from drinking contaminated bottled water. The water in bottled water contains high mineral content making it unsuitable for babies and children. Rightfully warned, the immune compromised should know the facts about where their drinking water comes from. With all the research and knowledge about bottled water, many of us feel it is still safe to drink. There is a class action lawsuit everyday on TV about one chemical or another causing this or that. I, myself took a diet pill that the FDA approved, that pill resulted in injuring and even killing many people. In the lawsuit, the drug-company lost and had to pays out big bucks to the people and families harmed. The full effects of bottled water on our environment are still unknown. For a good example of the damages caused by the manufacturing of plastics, we can look at China. China is a well-known manufacturer of the world’s plastics. As the Chinese sit today, their bad manufacturing choices have polluted close to all of their counties fresh water. With billions of water bottles produced each year, the manufacturing and transportation of theses bottles are using our already limited fossil fuels. Each year lager and larger numbers of used water bottles end up sent to landfills. Studies have shown that when the plastic resin in the water bottles break down harmful chemicals used to manufacture the bottles seep into the ground and our clean water sorces. “Roughly 50 billion plastic water bottles end up in U.S. landfills each year - 140 million every day! That is enough if laid end to end to reach China and back each day” (Back 2 Tap, 2007). This all leads most landfill facilities to incinerate their plastic water bottles....
References: Back 2 Tap. (2007). Bottled Water. Back 2 Tap - Reduce Waste, Provide Clean Water. Retrieved 8/1/2012, from http://www.back2tap.com/resources/get-the-facts/bottledwater consumption/
Gerald. (2010). Water Conspiracy Theory. Thom Hartmann Program. Retrieved 8/1/2012, from http://www.thomhartmann.com/users/gerald/blog/2010/12/water-conspiracy-theory
Jemmott, Janet. (2008). Bottled Water Vs. Tap Water. Reader’s Digest. Retrieved 8/1/2012, from http://www.rd.com/health/rethink-what-you-drink/
Owen, James. (2006) Bottled Water Isn 't Healthier Than Tap, Report Reveals. National Geographic News. Retrieved 8/1/2012, from http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/02/0224_060224_bottled_water.html
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