The latest on the bottled versus tap debate has certain questionable groups championing tap water, despite the fact that the majority of U.S. tap water contains fluoride and other harmful chemicals. Bottled water, depending on the bottler, may also contain some of these contaminants but, really, outside of setting up our own filtration systems—which can be cost-prohibitive for some—what choices do many of us have?
My skepticism radar has been raised to high alert lately about the big push toward tap water. Even CDC recently released a study admitting that fluoride is dangerous and causes IQ problems in children, along with higher incidences of dental fluorosis. Their recommendation was the lowering of fluoride in the water system.
Decisions. Decisions. Decisions.
The looming question is that if these groups are so concerned about the impurities of bottled water why hasn’t there been a push for stricter regulation? Also, why haven’t they exposed all those bottlers whose waters are tap, contaminated, etc.? If their bottles leach toxic substances such as BPA, why not full disclosure from these groups? And, most important, why hasn’t there been a push to stop the mass medication of the U.S. population by removing fluoride from municipal water sources?
EWG recently released their 2011 Bottled Water Scorecard. Again, the skepticism remains, because of the tap water push. I don’t see that this group or any other is addressing the intentional contamination of municipal water supplies.
Seriously, I’d pay more for bottled water if it came in recyclable glass containers. I might even consider tap water if fluoride and other harsh “purifying” chemicals were removed. What we all should realize is that if water had never been privatized, municipalities had never been allowed to mass medicate us without our permission and corporations weren’t allowed to haphazardly poison our streams and rivers as long as they were padding pockets, this conversation wouldn’t be needed.
Listed below are a couple of sources with more information on the ongoing fluoride debacle: