The San Francisco Chronicle reported yesterday that independent tests of bottled water found that Sam’s Choice Purified Water wasn’t all that pure. And that: Walmart’s… store brands, bore the chemical signature of standard municipal water treatment….
In other words, this bottled water was chemically indistinguishable from tap water. The only striking difference: the price tag.
Worse, the water tested from stores in Mountain View and Oakland, California as well as Fayetteville, North Carolina were not a safe to drink as the tap water in those commuities.
The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit organization with offices in Oakland, tested 10 brands of bottled water and found that Wal-Mart’s Sam’s Choice contained chemical levels that exceeded legal limits in California and the voluntary standards adopted by the industry.
The tests discovered an average of eight contaminants in each brand. Four brands besides Wal-Mart’s also were contaminated with bacteria.
The environmental group filed a notice of intent to sue Wal-Mart Tuesday, alleging that the mega-chain failed to warn the public of illegal concentrations of trihalomethanes, which are cancer-causing chemicals.
“The investigation has uncovered that consumers cannot be assured of the quality of their bottled water,” said Olga Naidenko, a toxicologist at the Environmental Working Group and lead author of the bottled-water study.
I’ve always known that the whole fear-driven culture of drinking bottled water was a scam. The drinking water that comes from your tap is made safe and monitored by public officials responsible to local government and subject to local sanction or prosecution if it they fail to do their jobs.
No one truly knows anything about what comes in a plastic bottle other than what they read on the pretty lable.
Purified Water indeed.