The Dirty Truth About What’s Really in Bottled Water

Bottled Water vs tap water

You should always read labels. But you shouldn’t always trust them.

There’s one label that most people would never think to question. But you’d be wise to.

We spend more than $22 billion a year on bottled water.1 But according to a report by the World Wildlife Fund International, people may be getting more than just water in their bottles. And not in a good way…

Based on a survey conducted by the organization, 56 percent of people chose bottled water for taste. 55 percent said convenience played a role in their decision.

Most of us drink bottled water because we think it is the healthy alternative. But if you knew what was in your bottled water you may think twice.

“Bottled water may be no safer or healthier than tap water, while selling for up to 1,000 times the price,” the WWF report said.

So what’s in your bottled water?


You’ve probably already heard about the dangers of the actual plastic bottles. They contain bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates.2 These chemicals have been linked with different types of cancers,3 reproductive problems,4 and pose a serious threat to your overall health.

But besides that… there’s the actual water itself.  Surely, that can’t be bad for you… right?

Wrong. And here’s why…

The Environmental Working Group tested 10 brands and found 38 low-level contaminants with an average of eight chemicals including disinfection byproducts (DBPs), caffeine and Tylenol, nitrate, industrial chemicals and arsenic, and bacteria.5

So OK, I don’t know about you, but we’ve never seen arsenic and bacteria listed on the labels. But what about those labels anyway? One says mineral and spring water, another glacial, and then another labeled pure and natural. But not so fast…

The water may not even be coming from those places. In fact, if we had to guess, they definitely aren’t. Companies don’t have to reveal the location of their source.6 And they are not required to provide water quality reports stating treatment methods and purity testing.

Most times your bottled water is simply filled with tap water! Pepsi’s Aquafina and Coca-Cola’s Dasani are nothing more than filtered municipal tap water.7

Basic tap water is tested numerous times a day and under constant monitoring.8 You may have received a call once or twice from your local water company advising you to boil water for a short period of time or to notify you if it contains more chlorine than usual. At least the calls let us know they are testing. That’s more than we can say about the bottled water producers.

If the water you buy bottled is what comes out of your faucet, you’re basically paying extra for a plastic bottle. And more chemicals.

The bottled water industry disagrees with these findings. But we wouldn’t expect any less.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to regulate bottled water as a packaged food product to assure safety and quality.9 Stephen Kay of the International Bottled Water Association says they already do and “it meets specific standards of quality and safety from the source all the way though the finished product.”

But we don’t even know the source. They won’t tell us. And the lab studies don’t lie!

Obviously we can’t give up water. Our bodies need it to function.10 Water helps our respiration and keeps our body temperature normal. It also aids in cushioning joints and ridding our bodies of waste.

So what can you do? Obviously, tap water isn’t clean of contaminants either.

Your best bet is to filter your own water. Add a filtration unit to your faucet that will eliminate sediment, chlorine, metals, and chemicals. If you are going to buy your water, look and see where it is coming from, make sure it says on the label. And don’t forget to choose glass over plastic.

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  1. truther says:

    basic tap water is poisoned by the powers that be. They are putting cancer viruses in the water as well as nanotechnology to sicken the population. If it’s between finding a good spring water and drinking tap, i would take the spring because it’s underground. The powers that be are putting drugs like lithium in the water too. Do you really trust your govt to protect your water and actually not give it to the people with poisons in it when they don’t regulate GMO food?

    • ASISE says:

      you are absoluteley right!!! taht article is probably written buy the world order Iluminati to poisen us more what a BS article PLEASE DONT BELIEVE THAT we did our water test buy our self and it was horrible what we seen at the tests . I would never dring tap water ever. GUYS DONT BELIEVE WHAT THEY WROTE THEY UST WANT TO CONTROLL YOU MORE ND MAKE YOU SICK

  2. Jim Cooper says:

    I noticed that this article had a couple of sponsors attached and I have to wonder if the article was written by INH or one of the sponsors .
    Even if Daisani or some other bottled water sour es are marketing filtered tap water, the article doesn’t mention how elaborate this filtering processes might be. Perhaps the water goes through several different processes, I don’t know.
    I usually get my bottled water from a dispensing machine about a half mile from home an it posts the multilevel proces and reverse osmosis involved in the water they are selling at 25 cents a gallon and it tastes MUCH BETTER than the crap that comes out of the fawcet at home.
    Our local water district provides us with wellwaterwhich has so many minerals in it that it will destroy a coffee maker in less than 6 months, so I use the filtered dispensed water.

    • AGRAU says:


      Thanks for your comment!

      This site contains some third party advertising but all of our articles are written in-house by INH. We try to offer our readers unbiased and helpful content so we do not post sponsored articles either.

  3. Sheri says:

    I purchased water jugs and buy my reverse osmosis water from Whole Foods. I then put that water in portable, safe bottles to take with me when I go out. I rent a house and their faucet system doesn’t allow a filtration system to be attached.

  4. Ed Jackson says:

    Be sure to filter tap water when making coffee or tea. The chlorine in the tap water reacts with organic matter to make DBPs (disinfection by-products), which are moderately carcenogenic. But the coffee or tea made with the tap water ends up with about 25 times the DBPs allowed in the tap water. If you don’t filter the coffee water, you are dosing yourself with enough DBPs to give you cancer in just a few years.

  5. andy weeks says:

    Glad to see some folks thinking outside the box. Chlorine and flouride may be as bad as or worse than contaminants from plastics. Buy a high quality filter(even above counter) and you’re taking charge of the situation. We dont have to be victims!!!

  6. KingBishop says:

    Distilled water is the only way to go!!

  7. Chinski says:

    its funny how some of you get soooo mad about an article that simply tells us to be more aware of what we put in our bodies. the article doesnt say “Oh go buy this brand or that brand of water.” It is fact keeping liquids or food in plastic contaminates it. also id like to say im very ani-government and do believe very much in a group of people that run the world, but this article has nothing to do with them. it even states how much shit is in tap water as well and how you should filter it. instead of trying to tell people to disregard FACTS reread the article and you’ll clearly see this is good information because i do believe they use bottled water to make us less fertile and tap water to keep us more passive and less aggressive just like the Nazi’s did to the jews in their concentration camps. The same chemicals they used can be found in tap. THIS COUNTRY IS SHIT NOT BECAUSE OF THE GOVERNMENT BUT BECAUSE MOST OF THE PEOPLE THAT LIVE HERE ARE EXTREMELY IGNORANT AND FUCKING STUPID. If your gonna comment on a topic do yourself a favor and be informed about it so you don’t sound like the majority of the people that commented on this one 😀

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