Bottled Water

 

Almost everyone has purchased or ingested bottled water at some point in their lives. The controversy or debate on whether bottled water is safer then tap water is evident and ongoing in the water community today. Much focus on whether the water itself is unhealthy or healthy according to what label it is given (i.e. mineral water, spring water, demineralized water etc…) We can explore the bottled water debate further down this page but at the moment we would like you to focus on THE BOTTLE.

Most Plastic Water bottles and other plastic containers are made with a synthetic chemical compound called “Bisphenol A.” It is used in a wide range of consumer products and is classed by the Government of Canada as a hormone disruptor. Exposure happens when Bisphenol A leaches out into the bottle and is subsequently ingested by people.

 

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“BPA, which is used to make many hard plastic toys, bottles and food containers, is thought to mimic the hormone estrogen. Recent independent studies link the chemical to breast cancer, obesity, infertility and insulin-resistance in rodents.”
~Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

Refrence Links

Environmental Defence

http://www.environmentaldefence.ca/toxicnation/action/bisphenolfaq.ht

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

http://www.cbc.ca/consumer/story/2008/04/15/bisphenol.html

 


One method of detection of plastic bottles containing Bisphenol A (BPA) is to look on the bottle for the Recycling symbol. In the symbol you will see the number “7” in the centre of it. Although even if the number “7” is present it does not necessarily mean the container has within it BPA.

Although Canada has taken aggressive and proactive steps in banning Bisphenol A in baby bottles, it is still a permissible compound in water bottles and other plastic products.

 

OZONE

The addition of o3 also knows as OZONE is added to all bottled water as a disinfectant to inhibit the growth of harmful microorganisms. Although it is effective in the disinfection process there is potential for it to cause by-products such as Bromate a cancer causing agent. Ozone or “o3” is a gas used in bottled water in conjunction with an electric current as a disinfectant. It can create other potentially cancer-causing by-products such as bromate, though these by-products can be removed with additional treatment. ~Canadian Cancer Society

“The reality of bottled water is that people pay from $1 to $4 a gallon for the perception of higher quality, when in fact, the quality of bottled water is at best "unknown"! We have no way of knowing the actual quality of bottled water.

“Point-of-Use water treatment, with a quality in-home water filtration system, is by far the most economical, the most convenient and the most capable of producing the highest quality, healthy water. Removing the chlorine and other contaminants at the point of use, just prior to consumption, in your own home, with a system that is documented to produce "healthy water", just makes more sense. With a home water filter you can have guaranteed quality for about 10 cents a gallon vs. $1 to $4 a gallon for bottled.”

~Charles Strand, Water Quality Specialist and Editor of WATERWARNING.com

 

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