Can Bottled Water Be Harmful?

@worldwise1 (14887)
United States
July 14, 2007 6:26pm CST
I know that millions of people all over the world regularly drink bottled water because they think it is safer than tap water. It turns out that this isn't true. In a news story I saw recently the focus was on the bottles, not the water. The reporter said that researchers have found that chemicals contained in the plastic can leach into the water and contaminate it. Who knows what problems this might eventually cause to a person's health. They mentioned that in some places they companies have actually banned bottled water since learning of the health risks. I thought this was interesting. I have family members who have only drank bottled water for years. I have stuck with the plain old tap water.
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@Coolgeth (1215)
• India
15 Jul 07
Oh!! Really..Till this i was in a thought that bottled water is safer than our tap water..But i think its based on the brands..some brands are duplicated and it is poor in quality some are really good..They are made in to several quality tests and then issued..I beleive bottle water is safer if its not a duplicated or unauthorised one..Good Luck!!
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
15 Jul 07
What they are saying, Coolgeth, is that the problem is in the bottle not the water. Stay cool.
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@meander (168)
• Canada
16 Jul 07
Some bottled water contains way too many natural chemicals & toxics. Sometimes the plastic bottles can be harmfull. If anyone has ever read the book The Silent Spring by Rachell Carson you will know what I mean. If not ask at your Library. It's an eye opener,that book is. I read it many years ago and what she wrote remains vivid in my memory bank.
@cynddvs (2949)
• United States
15 Jul 07
I have heard something about this. I still drink bottled water from time to time. But I have also been hearing that bottled water is tap water. And I've also heard that with all the restrictions on water treatment plants that tap water is supposed to be really safe. Now the only time I am absolutely adamant about drinking bottled water is when I visit my mom. She is on well water and has sulfur in her water. That water stinks to high heavens and I'm afraid to drink the stuff.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
15 Jul 07
I was concerned about tap water afew years ago, so I discussed it with my doctor. He assured me that it is as safe as it can be. The water treatment people do go to great lengths to insure that the water is safe to drink. As to sulfur water, cynddvs, I grew up on it(and thrived), and I can attest to the fact that it is very healthy for you. Some wells have stronger sulfer-ours was not too strong.
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@maddysmommy (16232)
• United States
15 Jul 07
That's interesting worldwise, I didn't know that. The only time I drink bottled water is when I am out for lunch or exercising. Most of the time at home we use a water pitcher(sp?) and fill it from the tap.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
15 Jul 07
Tap water has always been good enough for me, maddysmommy. I figure why buy it when I can get it free? I think that there is a lot to be learned yet about plastics and the harm they can do. I really don't trust the Establishment to tell us much of anything. They don't think we can handle the truth.
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@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
15 Jul 07
I drink Bottled Water But if this is the Case then really it must do it to any Drink that is in a plastic Bottle I mean here we get diluted Juice in plastic Bottles
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
15 Jul 07
Most of the danger lies in repeated use of the bottles, gabs, as I understand it. It's probably safe to drink the bottled water as long as you don't reuse the bottle.
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@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
15 Jul 07
Oh I see well that's ok I never reuse it so that is fine thank you for letting me know this
@totty1969 (1473)
• United States
15 Jul 07
I used to work at Ice Mountain water bottling plant. I wouldn't drink the water. I've signed a compliance to not discuss it though. It is sad what you might find in your bottled water. I rather drink out of the toilet. It's not all in the plastic, I can say that
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
15 Jul 07
Now that sounds really gross, totty. Aren't I glad that I stuck with tap water. You can't trust much of anything any more unless you do it yourself.
@totty1969 (1473)
• United States
15 Jul 07
I live two miles from that plant and all the water they don't use goes back in to the water table. Therefore I do drink the same water it is just filtered naturally through ground and up to my well. The sad thing is that they send 80% of their supply to our troops overseas. I wouldn't be surprised to see a new Cholera Pandemic.
• United States
15 Jul 07
Yup I agree. Very true about "establishment not thinking we can handle the truth." Notice if you have the water in the fridge, then let it go to room temperature, it tastes nasty? But you can leave tap water at room temperature and it still tastes good. Make sure to use a filter and/or boil your water for 15 minutes. Then you can refridgerate it in some pitchers. Who knows what's in the water supply. It seems like it's a pain, but it's really not. Also suggest to your business to get one of those filtration water things. It's a big unit about the size of a normal water thing with huge bottled water on the top. It takes the water from the tap, and you can do all sorts of things with it (hot, cold, boiling, etc). It'll save a lotta money and it's better for everyone. I go to this place where they have that, so I use it all the time, and then when I go home I fill up my water bottle with it.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
15 Jul 07
I rarely drink water from the fridge, so my tap water tastes just fine to me, GC. It's all a matter of choice. People are going to do what they are going to do no matter what you tell them. Stay healthy.
• United States
16 Jul 07
Well I was talking about those 5 gallon things or bottled water that you can put in the fridge. When you let it sit to room temperature, it tastes terrible. But with tap water, it's fine.
@kprabhu (439)
• India
15 Jul 07
ya! you might be right because we are all don't know how the purification was taken by the industries, but the fact is though some best and trust ful companies are existing some annonymed companies getting out their product with the name branded one and it also can't identified by the user! but what can we do if go any where outside of native we must use the bottled water!the government should take the necessary steps to control this kind of threatening!
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@mzserena (29)
• United States
15 Jul 07
I believe that the cheaper brands, bottled by companies with lower quality control levels can be harmful. I think that the same goes with all packaged foods. The higher quality, the better th packaging. Life is harmful, no matter waht way you turn.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
15 Jul 07
Amen to that, mzserena. I was just saying that the only way you can trust things now is if you grow it yourself or make it yourself.
• Philippines
15 Jul 07
yes, I have known that already but still plastic bottles are easy to use, I think the chemicals will only leach if the bottles are used often and for long time. I think people should only use the bottle of soda drinks which is breakable and fragile since the companies are just recycling it so it is really safe to use. The hard on bottles, but still it is heavy to put inside the fridge and bring in our office or to our kids bags. But I think there are many kind of plastics, the one which is used in making jugs are good to use quite often, thanks..!!^^
• Philippines
15 Jul 07
And just to add, it somewhat leach due to the presence of air, oxygen I think, so just be more careful and just dispose them after use or better - reuse/recycle them in a way that it can be a design or some sort of, thanks^^
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
15 Jul 07
I'll just say that for anyone who cares to use them, rockingmom, they should not reuse them.
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• Philippines
15 Jul 07
maybe when I used them twice or thrice, then I will dispose it, then sometime if I have time I just embelish it, or design it, just like that but in our house in the province they use it for months or years but I have no choice but to drink the water from it since it is cold, thanks,!!^^
@twoey68 (13650)
• United States
5 Aug 07
I do and I don't lol. I do drink bottled water meaning water thats in a plastic bottle however I don't buy it...it comes right from my tap. I like the convenience of grabbing a bottle to drink and I love it being icy cold but I don't like it right out or the tap. Also if you sit the bottles of water for 24 hours the chlorine evaporates out of it (learned that dealing with my fishtank). My mom and brother always grab my water bottles to drink and insist I get "special water"...lol...I don't tell them it comes right out of my tap. LIVE IN PEACE
• South Africa
15 Jul 07
I think the only safe water is the water that has been properly filtered and properly purified. Most places use chlorine to kill bugs and bacteria but guess what, chlorine still kills people. I'm not sure what the people do with bottled water so in my opinion, its not safe. I'd only truly trust water that is purified in my home.
• United States
15 Jul 07
The water in bottled water contains nothing really harmful, but plastic is very bad for the planet so it does harm to our environment. Tap water in developed countries is usually very clean if you still worry about it the get a filter.
@alnilam (969)
• United States
15 Jul 07
i also did not know abou this... might be true... but there is also another downside to bottled watter. i had an interesting disscusion with one of my friends (a doctor) and by his opinion, bottled watter (and filltered, etc.) is helping to weaken your imune sistem. coz pipe watter has lots of not soo harmufull microorganisms and bacterias and they keep your imune sistem up. Bottled watter on the other side doesn't have this bacterias and the consequence of that is that your body is more wounrable.
• United States
15 Jul 07
I've heard that bottled water may be less safe, that tap water has all of these strict regulations where the water has to go through a treatment facility to free it of contaminents, but bottled water can be made by anyone and they can say what they want to on the bottle, but how do we know where it came from?
• United States
15 Jul 07
i heard this on the news and i was kind of shocked but not surprised at the same time. it figures that the things we think are so healthy and better for us turn out to be possibly harmful. my family has a fridge that dispenses water and ice in the door - i guess a lot of people have these types of fridges these days. i drink bottled water during the school year, but don't leave them sitting in the heat, and i usually drink the water within a few weeks of buying it. i think they should explain to us why the plastic chemicals leak - if it's due to heat, or just plain sitting around for too long. i know that you aren't supposed to keep diet sodas in the heat because the chemicals in the soda can separate and become harmful. i'm just a little confused on the whole water bottle thing. i agree though, that i've never had a problem with tap water and even though our water is filtered, it's basically tap water and just as good as bottled water. besides, bottled water costs too much!
• China
15 Jul 07
I'm a bit shocked to hear that. I'm also old fashioned tap water drinker, but people around us drink bottled water all the time, especially after the blue fungus broke out in Wuxi, China. I hope it's not true and I hope one day, we won't have to worry about the drinking water any more.
@moudas (259)
• India
15 Jul 07
Bottled water is steadily gaining in popularity. Many people purchase bottled water because they prefer the taste. Others believe that, because of environmental pollution, bottled water is a safer choice for drinking than their own household supply. In households using a public water supply, bottled water can be an alternative to tap water containing objectionable amounts of chlorine. In households using a private water supply, bottled water can be a better choice for drinking and cooking if the tap water is contaminated with harmful bacteria. Also, some types of bottled water may be an alternative to tap water containing a high level of sodium. In addition, in a household with an infant, bottled water could be substituted for a water source that has a high level of nitrate.