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Ok, Am Like So Obsessed With Bottled Water. I Heard That It's Not Good. How?

Bottled water in the Fridge.

Bottled water in the car.

Bottled water in my purse.

I heard that it's not good for the body. . . .is this a myth or fact?

And why isn't it good again? Educate me

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@ ebony silk Laboratory

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Must we always drink bottled water? If its a sort of hazard to ones health, why can't we get a substitute.

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The plumbing that is of concern is in your building or apartment, since depending on the age of the plumbing you could have rusting, or leeching problems.  A busted pipe rarely leads to contamination under constant availability of water, as the greater pressure exercised by the water in the pipe restricts inflow of contaminant from outside.  Also if the pipe is busted,  the drop in pressure and leakage should help easily identify and rectify the problem. Good building practices ensures that source and waste lines are not run in parallel.

The water test helps to detect more subtle effects from corroding of the pipes, which should be policed by regular inspection practices, but could sometimes sneak under radar due to evident problems of government policing. The result of the test should be as close to the composition from the facility as possible. It is not supposed to be a once in a lifetime endeavor, but rather something that can be used to complement the policing efforts of the utility company.

Note: One major risk with bottled water that I failed to cite earlier, is contamination by humans. There have been several cases in the past of disgruntled employees and other societal miscreant, injecting contaminants into bottled water using tools like syringes, and in the worst cases, direct infusion at the bottling plant (before the sealing process). As a minor precaution, please always check that the bottled water (or any bottled drink) is air tight by simply inverting it and applying pressure.

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@ the bolded

But what makes you think that the water coming out of my tap would be same all the time?

Busted pipe can change the quality of the water, so can leakage.

Would the result of the tests stay constant?

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There are two main parts to the bottled water.: The bottle, and the source of the water.

The bottle is usually a form of plastic and thus there are possibility that there may be leeching (i.e. slow leakage or reaction with the fluid) of the plastic material and/or other chemicals used in preparation and cleansing. Most of these chemicals are possible carcinogens, and hence could be harmful in large quantities. The problem with this is that oral intake does not necessitate absorption by the body. I would suggest that one pours bottled water into cups, and not leave half empty bottles  for long as oxidation might increase the leeching. Refrigeration may slow down the leeching process, and exposure to direct sunlight should be avoided. Larger containers are preferred as they have higher volume to surface area ratio, and thus the leeching per unit volume would be less. Of course, with the slight acidity of carbonated water, the leeching rate is higher. The lure to carbonated water is the refreshing taste, and it does come at a price

As per the water in the bottle, it could come from any of various sources: tap, spring, processed etc. Spring water have always been tagged dubious, because they contain higher concentrations of certain minerals, as compared to other sources. Processed water can only be discussed with knowledge of the process. In most cases they are similar to tap water but may have variation in levels of re-introduced minerals and QA. For the most part tap water is fine, though the fact that the bottled water was possibly produce in another region introduces some uncertainty.

Putting all the factors into consideration, bottled water is not worth the devotion. At best, in terms of the quality of the water, you are just breaking even, when compared to the tap water available in most developed areas (even in Nigeria). When you factor in the cost, then you are running at a loss.

To avoid plumbing sourced issues, I would suggest you take a sample of your tap water for analysis at a facility near you.

Well water is not so bad if the well is deep enough to reach the water table (and not sub surface runoffs). Also unhygienic placement of wells in rural environment often result in contamination of the water by nearby laundry and sewage sources.

I am by no means an expert on the issue but hope this helps.

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<swears at lack of modify button>

A small level of impurity in the water is healthy in building up your immune system.

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since i watched saving the planet on Oprah, i invested in more carry on bottle. i still buy bottled water though.

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Just drink all that swamp water you people have in Florida

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I went to Kmart to get FIJI, dem no get, and I wasn't intending on driving to Ocala to buy water from target

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Aquafina is made by Pepsi and Coca-Cola makes Dasani ,

i think you can get it at Kmart, Target not sure whether Walmart has it

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Depends on the brand.

Evian is pure but it's expensive.

Dasani adds sodium to make you more thirsty

Aquafina is glorified tap water.

I stick with Poland Spring.

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I'm more into Aquafina.

Have you tasted Vitamin Water? Mehn, I stopped drinking that when they started this rumor about it making women infertile.

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the only bottled water am crazy abt is Poland Spring. that water taste so so good waterwise. a lady from canada (shared dorm room with her) first introm me to Poland spring. whenever her parents are coming to visit her, they come with huge load. with time i started giving her money to get me some. now i cant do without it.

Poland Spring is not common in stores like dear park why?

water good, drink my sister. as long as it is poland spring, no wahala.

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So no NLer fit aswer my question?

Oga o

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ogidiboy, pls can you translate this for me pls?

hapu onye ara Old park anunwa ka o gbara oto gbaba na Ogbete market

thanks

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What I really want to know is why it's not healthy.

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It was last year dear I don't remember the names now, but I'm sure if you do some research you'd find out. The only time I buy bottled water is when I'm in a place that gets it's water from wells. That hard water from wells just kills me.

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The chlorine they add at the water treatment should take care of all the stuff that is harmful.

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It cost a fortune to buy bottled water. I'd have sued them.

Was it the one that starts with D? I noticed that it tastes bitter after a while

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Some states add fluoride to tap water which is good for your teeth.

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Check these out before you yab me for not writing like a student.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-wellbeing/health-news/health-warning-over-safety-of-bottled-water-430620.html

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs256/en/

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I was watching something in the news last year about some company here in the states that just fills in the bottles with tap water and sell it. Don't remember the name of the company but they said it was perfectly legal so paying for bottled water was just a waste of money.

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I don't want think so

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It's not that it's not good but it's not all that pure 100%. It contains germs just like water straight from the tap.

So, just bear in mind when drinking bottled water that it's not the best, that doesn't mean you shouldn't drink it as there is no best one out there.

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The website you gave me showed how it'll affect the environment, not me specifically.

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Sorry I wasn't able to carry you along. I could barely remember the techy jargons he told me. Anyways, he just sent me the link http://tusb.stanford.edu/2007/10/the_war_against_bottled_water_1.html . B.t.w, can u explain what u meant in the bolded part?

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Bolded will be clarified when your identity is revealed. Deal

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If bottled water is not good, is carbonated water the option to go with? A friend once told me that some chemical reactions do take place inside the water as a result of bottle particles. These particles are invisible and not dangerous to the consumer but cant fathom the effect excess of it would'av.

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