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By Emma Arboleda

“Tap water is poison” -Flyer supporting bottled water in Texas.
Would you drink the water from a pond? Or maybe even a lake? When you drink tap water, you are doing just that. No filters and you have no way to see if it is clean. How-ever, when you drink a bottle of water, you know that it is a clean source of water, a reli-able source. Wouldn’t you drink that instead?

Bottled water is beneficial to people. It provides them a sanitary, safe, and healthy source of water. In addition, it is a great alternative source of drinking water for emergencies, and it is available for a very cheap price on store shelves.

I can’t argue with the fact that plastic is filling up landfills and polluting our environ-ment, but not all of that is bottled water. Bottled water, unlike what so many people be-lieve is not bad as long as people can dispose of it properly. “All bottled water contain-ers – whether plastic or glass – are 100% recyclable:” if people learn to recycle like they are supposed to do with the bottles, bottled water wouldn’t be a problem with our envi-ronment (bottledwater.org).

Bottled water is sanitary and uncontaminated drinking water. Regu-lar tap water can often be contaminated and can cause problems for the health of people. Bottled water has to meet the standards of U.S. Phar-macopeia 23rd revision in order to be eligible for sales on market shelves. But what about your bottled water? Does anyone check those wells and those sources? Make sure they are safe for drinking and aren’t contaminated? The answer is simple, no.

Tap water doesn’t have big standards when it comes to being sanitary. Bottled water has to be sanitary to make the shelves in your local store while tap water doesn’t; it is just coming from a well. Even the FDA approves bottled water, saying they are safer for drinking then tap water.

The tap water can cause illnesses, even killed doctors agree. Accord-ing to the Mayo Clinic article “Is Tap Water as Safe as Bottled Water,” “Some people are more vulnerable to getting sick from contaminates in drinking water. Pregnant women, older adults and children also may be at greatest risk. Take additional precautions such as boiling tap water or drinking bottled water.” If doctors recommend bottled water over drinking water, shouldn’t you listen? They are experts telling you that bottled water is safe to drink, safer than tap.
“I just can’t believe we were paying to poison our kids,” said Lee-Anne Walters, vic-tim of the lead poisoning. Tap water is definitely one of the worst things that you can ever drink. You pay to keep your tap water running, but are you really just paying for poison? In Flint Michigan, tap water is toxic. It contains high amounts of lead, if it was used any longer, it could have killed many. Some drinking water lead levers are so high, they are defined as hazardous waste. Imagine, drinking tap water only to find out it was so poisonous that it was considered hazardous waste. Makes you wish you drank bot-tled water doesn’t it?

The lead levels in the kids are outrageous: “Blood levels increased from 2.1% to 4%. In some areas, the number increased to as high as 6.3%:” All of this toxicity can cause long-term and even permanent issues in learning, and physical skills, all because the choice to use tap water was made. (Felton) Lee-Anne Walters insisted that some-thing was to be done about it, especially when she found out that her 4 year-old child Gavin’s immune system was compromised after exposure to lead.

When facing an emergency, it is important that you stay hydrated, especially when facing a drought. Sometimes during an emergency, tap water is no longer available as pipes can be damaged or there is a shortage of water. Bottled water allows easy, safe hydration when water isn’t available.

In droughts, people are no longer able to get tap water as easily as other places in the world can as they barely have any water to use. By getting water shipped possibly overseas from another place with a strong supply of water, it helps those in the drought, giving them some water to drink and know that it was safe.

A large donation was made on September 21st 2015 to those in California facing a drought. IWBA’s Bottled Water Industry Provides Huge Donation To Water-Starved California Town, “The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) and California As-sembly member, Devon Mathis, coordinated the donation of over 100,000 bottles of bot-tled water to the families of East Porterville and surrounding Tulare County. These ar-eas are some of the hardest hit by California’s ongoing drought- many Porterville houses have had no running water for almost two years.” The bottled water was their source of water for the past two years, a great alternative to the tap water that stopped running because of the drought, the bottled water company supportive of the issues.

Bottled water is cheaper than soda, tea, beer and coffee and is healthier than the other beverages. Bottled water allows improvement in the health of those who choose it over unhealthy and fattening drinks. Soda contains 38 calories per 100 grams while wa-ter contains none (side of Coca-cola bottle). Soda can be better tasting, but it definitely is not better for you. Water is also more affordable than soda, as you can buy it in mass numbers for a cheap price, while soda costs a lot for one bottle. According to the target sale price of bottled water, 24 bottled waters is $2.99, while Coca Cola costs $1.99 for
only one bottle. If you go to a local store or a nearby vending machine, would you really buy the soda?

People should stop viewing bottled water as bad and think about why it is good for you and how you can use it more efficiently. Do you want the youth of our community to be threatened by the toxic tap water? The thought of running out of water in an emer-gency when you need it most? The bottled water is such a cheap price too! Bottled wa-ter can change it all.

Bottled water is a good sanitary source of drinking water as health standards re-quire that it does not contain toxins before it can get on the store shelves. In an emer-gency, you can use bottled water when there is nothing else. Bottled water is also cheap way to have something to drink, much cheaper than sodas.

You don’t want anyone to get sick from your water, coming from the public pipes. You don’t want to be dehydrated in an emergency and cause more problems. We don’t need sodas costing over triple the amount of bottled water, especially with all these people who don’t have enough to buy something to drink. It is time that we changed the way we drink and use bottled water.

“BOTTLED WATER INDUSTRY PROVIDES HUGE DONATION TO WATER-STAR-VED CALIFORNIA TOWN.” bottledwater.org, n.d. Web.

Zeratsky, Katherine, R.D. L.D. “Nutrition and Healthy Eating.” Is Tap Water As Safe As Bottled Water. mayoclinic.org, N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Nov. 2015.

Felton, Ryan. “We Were Paying to Poison Our Kids’: Lead in Michigan City’s Water Hits Children.” Http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/oct/04/flint-michigan-lead-water-children-health. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/oct/04/flint-michigan-lead-water-children-health>.