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Top 5 Reasons to Ditch Your Water Bottle Habit

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Other than harmful chemicals and contaminants, bottled water also has the following shortages-

Poor Quality: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has strict guidelines for tap water but does not oversee bottled water. Instead, bottled water is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which has weaker regulations and applies the EPA's rules only selectively to bottled water. Also, the FDA only inspects bottled water if it crosses state lines, and approximately 70% of bottled water never does, making it exempt from FDA oversight.

The truth is, bottled water taste and quality can range from very good to very bad depending on the brand, and that is a serious problem for the industry. Unfortunately, like a box of chocolate, you never know what you will get.

Too Expensive: Bottled water can cost 500 to 3,000 times more than tap water. So, if you buy a 20 ounce name brand for $1 then that works out to 5 cents an ounce, whereas municipal water costs about 1 cent per gallon. Since most bottled water is simply just filtered tap water, it makes much more sense to just purchase a water filter and purify your water at home. Adding a quality water filtration system will only increase that costs up to about 2-3 cents per gallon and it will give you clean water that tastes just as good but at a much lower cost.

Do you really want to pay that much for something that literally falls from the sky?

Environmentally Unfriendly: Our addiction to drinking bottled water contributes greatly to global pollution. Despite well-intentioned recycling campaigns, 85% of PET bottles are either thrown away, tumbling around as litter, or ebbing in the ocean, posing a threat to marine life that sometimes mistakes the garbage for food. In 2006 the production of bottled water used the equivalent of more than 17 million barrels of oil, releasing more than 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide.

What can you do? Switch your plastic water bottle for a BPA-free stainless steel or aluminum water bottle. And fill it up with filtered water, which has a more consistent, fresh and pleasant taste when compared with stale bottled water with a hint of plastic.

Alternatives to Bottled Water

Tap Water
Because municipal water systems fall under the jurisdiction of the EPA, tap water is regularly tested for bacteria and toxins. However toxic chemicals like chlorine, chloramines and fluoride are routinely added to tap water and water contamination can occur at a thousand different entry points during the trip from the water plant to your home. This is why every family should seriously consider installing a water purification system in their home for drinking water.

Home Water Purification
Reverse osmosis systems are a great water purification choice because they can produce an unlimited amount of ultra-pure drinking water from the comfort of your own home. Reverse osmosis removes up to 99% of organics, chemicals, heavy metals, bacteria and radioactive pollution to produce fresh delicious drinking water at a fraction of the price of bottled water. So bottle your water at home with a reverse osmosis filter to protect the money in your pocket, the health of your family, and the beauty of our environment.

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