Is It Good for you or Is It Man's Most Enjoyable Poison?
Many people today either believe bottled water, in any form, is either the gift of life, or the spawn of evil. This is because of consumer misinformation, and the horrible fact that most Americans will believe nearly anything they are told. Amid many varying reports (Williams 1), it is clear that according to a Natural Resources Defense Council study conducted in 1999, which a full one third of the 103 brands tested were in violation of the Environmental Protection Agency's water quality standards (AWWA 1).
This is in contradiction to what a lot of people believe about bottled water. Consumers believe the hype about bottled water, and many people must buy in to the advertisements and cute packaging because on average consumers in the US alone spend five billion dollars a year on just bottled water.
This number is said to rise to nearly six point four billion by next year (AWWA 1). In fact some companies, particularly the companies that make money off of advertising or distributing water, companies such as Cosmopolitan Magazine, say that the NRDC study is ludicrous and misleading, and that these violations are only traces, that bottled water is still safer than tap anywhere (Williams 1). Mrs. Mary Jo Williams seems to think that just because the Food and Drug Administration released something stating that bottled water is still safe to drink, just so the masses wouldn't panic, that the tested water still wasn't against Environmental Protection Agency's guidelines (1).
Regardless of the possibility that these violations are only traces, traces of poisons like Arsenic, they are still violations. However, the companies that Mrs. Williams work for would like us to believe that we are still most safe when we...