The International Bottled Water Association released a press release in 2007 praising the safety of bottled waters. The 8.8 billion gallons of bottled water sold in America in 2007 was a clear indication that Americans want a healthier option to sugary, caffeinated soft drinks.
Executives of the corporation believed that bottled water sales would outpace those of carbonated soft beverages in the coming years. However, new evidence about the purported safety and quality of this water is raising questions about its purity, which is jeopardizing the future growth prospects of the bottled drinking water business.
The Environmental Working Group conducted tests on several bottled water brands and found several contaminants. These chemicals included cancer-linked chemicals. These results would appear to discredit the belief that bottled water can be purer and more healthy than tap water.
Scientists founded the Environmental Working Group to advocate for stricter regulation. The two-year study saw researchers purchase bottled water in California and North Carolina. The University of Iowa's Hygienic Laboratory was used to conduct laboratory tests.
There were 38 chemicals found in 10 brands of water, with each bottle having an average of 8 contaminants. The tests revealed traces of coliform bacteria and acetaminophen. Four brands contained high levels of bacteria.
Researchers found that more than one-third of chemicals not controlled by the bottled-water industry isn’t. The other three-thirds are regulated by industry standards. Water purchased in multiple states and the District of Columbia had carcinogen levels that were higher than those set by the water bottling industries. However, only eight of the 10 brands tested did not have dangerous levels of contaminants.
For good reason, contamination with trihalomethanes is strictly controlled. Many studies have linked this chemical to cancer, according to Dr. David Carpenter of The University of Albany. According to Dr. Carpenter's findings, the levels found in the Giant Eagle and Walmart brands were sufficient to increase the risk of developing cancer.
Researchers did not identify the eight other brands. They also contained legal levels of contaminants like arsenic or solvent toluene that have been linked with health risks. All brands met the federal standards for safe drinking waters. However, most