How pure is your bottled water?
From Environmental Working Group (EWG)
Pure, clean water. That’s what the ads say. But what does the lab say?
When you shell out for bottled water, which costs up to 1,900 times more than tap water, you have a right to know what exactly is inside that pricey plastic bottle.
Most bottled makers don’t agree. They keep secret some or all the answers to these elementary questions:
Where does the water come from?
Is it purified? How?
Have tests found any contaminants?
EWG recommends that you drink filtered tap water. You'll save money, drink water that’s purer than tap water and help solve the global glut of plastic bottles.
I have a filter on my faucet and a filtered water pitcher in the fridge for nice, fresh, cold water anytime. I use Brita since their filters are recyclable at some Whole Foods Markets (Ridgewood is the one I use - Don't think Paramus recycles them yet).
Until the federal Food and Drug Administration cracks down on water bottlers, use EWG's Bottled Water Scorecard to find brands that disclose the water's source location, treatment and quality and that use advanced treatment methods to remove a broad range of pollutants.