Here's why you should never trust packaged drinking water!
Apr 04, 2017
Stop drinking packaged water immediately! “Why?” you ask? We don’t have just one but a plenty of reasons to justify the warning. To drink or not to drink bottled water has been a bone of contention for years. Some experts say that bottled water is treated and hence, safe while others don’t share such a benign opinion.
In situations where you have no other alternative or access to clean drinking water, bottled or packaged drinking water saves you the trouble of searching for purified drinking water. But normally, you should avoid drinking bottled water from plastic bottles.
Water is a readily available resource.It is placed in plastic containers by multinational corporations to be sold at 2,000 times the cost. Don’t you think for that reason alone, you should stop consuming bottled water? However, if this reason is not good enough for you, you might want to look at the following reasons to question whether you really want to drink packaged drinking water. You’ll surely change your mind after reading this.
1) Plastic bottles aren’t safe, no matter what anyone tells you
Most plastics have high amounts of chemicals that mix with your drinking water. When you drink bottled water every day, it increases your chances of falling ill due to chemical exposure. A research suggests that 132 brands of bottled water from 28 different countries had antimony in high amounts. Antimony is a metallic element that causes dizziness, nausea and depression. It is fatal if taken in large doses. Apart from that, plastic bottles are not biodegradable. They stick around for a thousand years, and degrading plastic containers can leach into watersheds and soil, which becomes toxic in the long run.
Packaged drinking water is likely to develop harmful bacteria as it is transported and stored in open sunlight while RO filtered water is free of bacteria, protozoa, viruses and other harmful pathogens. You should also know that companies test packaged water for harmful microbes only once a week. On the other hand, if you use RO filtered water, you’re sure to get pure water for every use.
2) It’s ridiculously expensive
How much do you end up paying for a bottle of water? Surely, a lot. Surveys reveal that revenue generated by bottled drinking water in India is more than 175 million Euros per year. Americans spend about 4 billion dollars yearly on bottled water. Buying 20 litres of packaged water can cost a family of four approximately 30,000 - 40,000k in 3 years. These figures are huge when you consider the cost of manufacturing. You actually pay not for the water but for the packaging. Instead, choose RO purifiers on which you’ll spend 50% lesser amount than packaged drinking water.
3) Most of the times, it’s just tap water!
You’ll be surprised to know that nearly 1/3 of all bottled water comes from municipal taps across the country. So, you may be tricked by the mountains and flowing streams on the bottle label, but you’re just consuming tap water. Some of the companies don’t even treat the tap water before packing.Moreover, you have no way of knowing what’s present in the water because you get misled by marketing language designed to entice you to buy the product.
While the packaged drinking water companies possess the ISI mark of quality, most bottles don’t bear the mark. You may choose RO water purifiers instead that are tested for performance and output to ensure they are 100% free of defects.
4) You have better and safer alternatives
Since you don’t know whether your bottled water is treated or not, it is better to have other alternatives at your disposal. Invest in a good water purifier or a water filter, depending on the quality of tap water in your area. A purifier rids water of all sorts of impurities and germs while retaining essential minerals. There are plenty of RO purifiers available in the market under different price ranges. Choose the one that suits your requirements. Certain brands have smart RO purifiers that you can control with just a touch on your phone! Moreover, you have to depend on stockists and suppliers for packaged drinking water while you can avail non-stop supply of pure drinking water with RO purifiers.
5) Corporate greed
After the soda companies went out of business, they joined the bandwagon of bottled water and convinced you to purchase something that’s essentially free of cost. They created a demand for ‘pure water’ in developed and developing countries all over the world. So, now you spend a hefty part of your income that’s actually available free of cost due to your fears of drinking impure water.
6) Taste factor
Have you ever wondered about the peculiar taste of bottled water? Your regular tap water doesn’t taste the same as packaged water. It’s because the water sits for a long time in the chemically-produced plastic bottles.Over time, the chemicals slowly get mixed with the water and you ingest it!
Consider all these factors when you think about purchasing packaged drinking water next time. You’re feeding corporate greed and you don’t even know if your water is pure. Don’t get misled by marketing strategies. It would be best to consider other better alternatives to get access to pure water.
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