I am not exactly sure when it happened. I can't actually remember myself when the brain washing and conditioning began...but it did. Somewhere along the line the entire population of the United States was convinced that tap water was somehow less safe and we should all immediately start paying for something that we had available to us (and are already paying for). Not only that, to rub some salt in the wound they determined that this item which we already had available to us should be packaged in some really uneco-friendly packaging and join the ranks of tires and disposable diapers in landfills to sit there for time in memoriam.
Ironically the reverse is most likely true...
You see tap water falls under the jurisdiction of the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and they have some pretty strict laws in place with regard to what tests must be done on tap water and the processes that the water must go through to be considered safe. You can visit their water regulations website here. Bottled water is regulated by the FDA...now generally speaking when the EPA adopts a new standard for tap water the FDA usually adopts it for bottled water BUT THAT IS MY POINT...why buy the bottled water that is basically being governed as safe with the same or LESSOR rules that tap water is.
Many times bottled water is simply municipal tap water that the manufacturer runs through a filtration process so they can say it is "filtered" or "purified"...what a crock...why don't we call a spade a spade. People are drinking more water and it's cutting into your soft drink profits so let's dupe people into paying for something that they are already paying for. I don't know about you but I have a water bill...some of you may not or it may be included in your utilities bill. I have stopped buying bottled water at this point. I have to recycle the bottles and the water honestly doesn't taste any better than the water from my refrigerator dispenser (which is filtered by the way - maybe I should bottle it and sell it to people).
I laugh when I go to a deli or something and I see a bottle of water for two dollars...I just want to violently shake the person buying it and say "Are you nuts?"
Here is an interesting article I found on the FDA's site. I will let you decide for yourself whether I am a crack pot or not but I think we are all being duped. Here is a great article 20/20 did which included a blind taste test. In that article you can see the brainwashing in action with some of the initial comments people made regarding tap water.
Here is another interesting article that illustrates two of my main points...that companies are getting into this to prop up sagging soft drink sales and most of this crap is "filtered" municipal water.
I'll be honest folks...when I was a kid there was no bottled water and I am still alive. I mean you do what you want but in a time of ecomnomic uncertainty and tightening family budgets...this is the first thing I would cut. I know my parents would never dream of paying for water that was readily available by turning on the faucet.
I was duped for a time...fool me once, shame on you...fool me twice, shame on me.
...that is all.
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