Is Bottled Water Really Pure?

    Published: June 16, 2015

    Are “Bottled at the Source” Water Bottles Really from Fresh Springs?

     Bottled water makers spend countless millions emphasizing their products supposed purity over ordinary tap water. To do so, many use phrases such as “pure,” “natural,” “glacial,” “clean” and “bottled at the source.” In reality, however, the vast majority of bottled water is no different from tap water. In fact, many manufacturers have come under scrutiny for deceiving consumers with misleading claims.

    Manufacturers Under Scrutiny

    Bottled water makers profit by convincing consumers that their products are different from the stuff that flows from household taps. In doing so, some have attracted scrutiny that’s led to legal action. In 2012, The Chicago Faucet Shoppe sued Nestlé when the business discovered the Ice Mountain Water it purchased for its office was falsely advertised as containing natural spring water. In reality, the water was harvested from municipal sources, making it no different from the water flowing from the business’s bathroom taps.

    While this case shed light directly on Nestlé, it is by no means an isolated industry occurrence. Most bottled water makers go to great lengths to conceal the source of their products. In fact, according to Consumer Reports, a striking number of manufacturers – including major brands such as Crystal Geyser and Aquafina – refuse to disclose the sources of their water.

    Special Rules for Bottled Water Manufacturers

    In its report on bottled water, Consumer Reports also shed some disturbing light on the regulatory inconsistencies surrounding the industry. According to the magazine, while the Environmental Protection Agency requires that all community water systems divulge the sources of their water; the federal agency allows big bottled-water makers to keep their sources secret. What’s worse, these manufacturers are also not required to reveal how their water is treated or what potential contaminants it might contain.

    What to Do

    Since it’s lightly regulated, bottled water may contain impurities that make it inferior to tap water. Likewise, many bottled water manufacturers use plastic bottles made with bisphenol A, a chemical linked to reproductive problems.

    In response to its findings, Consumer Reports recommends that Americans drink filtered tap water instead of bottled water. It also suggests that consumers drink exclusively from reusable glass or plastic bottles that contain no bisphenol A.

    A Pelican Water Premium Whole House Water Filter delivers cleaner, better-tasting drinking water free from unwanted impurities, including chlorine and chloramine. Paired with Pelican’s BPA-free H2Go Infuser, these products make safer, cost-effective alternatives to bottled water, which is pricey and questionably-sourced.

    Disclaimer: The information on this website has not been reviewed by the FDA. Products offered for sale herein are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease or health condition. No medical claims are being made or implied. Contaminants mentioned are not necessarily in your water.