We often put our trust in companies to provide us with good products, but sometimes they might just be the result of fancy marketing. By and large, the bottled water industry is really more about convenience than anything else. Consumers have gained the perception that bottled water is higher quality than the alternatives, but that simply might not be the case.
Several bottled water products available today are actually just regular tap water. All these companies are doing is bottling tap water and making it more convenient to consume. After all, you can put a whole case in a cooler or refrigerator and grab it whenever you’re thirsty. Even though the product itself is convenient, the water you’re drinking might not be superior quality, at least when it comes to contaminants. You might look on the label and see if the water has been filtered, but ‘filtered water’ is a very vague term. Exactly what are they filtering out of it?
If you pick up a bottled water product of any brand and it says ‘RO’ or ‘Reverse Osmosis’ on the label, that indicates that it’s pretty good water because it doesn’t have a whole lot of stuff in it. If you were to test the water it would be very low in total dissolved solids (TDS). A lot of times people will say that they aren’t going to get the vitamins and minerals they need if it isn’t in the water. In my opinion, that’s not the point of drinking water at all. I think the reason why we drink water is to flush our bodies out. We eat solid food to gain vitamins and minerals, and that’s the most effective way to get nutrition aside from taking supplements.
When a doctor recommends that you drink lots of water, that’s because they want you to flush your system out. Water that doesn’t have much stuff in it is going to be very ‘hungry’. As you ingest low TDS or reverse osmosis water, it will grab the things in your body and flush them out through your urine. Therefore, reverse osmosis water can be one of the more healthy waters to drink in my opinion.
Another thing to ask is who regulates the quality of bottled water? The EPA regulates public water systems very heavily. However, companies can just bottle water and there isn’t an overseeing body to enforce a standard in terms of contaminant levels. Water bottlers don’t have to meet regulations in terms of water contaminant levels.
If you look into why we drink water and what’s in the bottled water that people purchase every day, you’ll quickly come to realize why it might not be a good idea to put your trust in the bottled water industry. If you have any questions about how to improve the quality of the water you drink, reach out to the team at Wisler Plumbing by or giving us a call at 540-483-9382.