Pure Drinking Water… What’s In Your Bottled Water?
Myth: Bottled water is safer.
Fact: Bottled water can be from any source and treated in any manner. The two largest brands of bottled water in North America, Coca-Cola’s Dasani and Pepsi’s Aquafina brands use filtered municipal tap water. The NRDC found plenty of bacteria and chemicals in bottled water, including arsenic and methylene chloride.
Bottled water is healthy water — or so marketers would have us believe. Just look at the labels or the bottled water ads: deep, pristine pools of spring water; majestic alpine peaks; healthy, active people gulping down icy bottled water between biking in the park and a trip to the yoga studio.
They proffer claims of being “essential,” “pure,” and “crystal-fresh,” but are bottled waters anything more than glorified tap water?
The answer, said some House lawmakers at a hearing on Capitol Hill today, is that we often don’t know for sure.
Holding up a bottle of Dasani, Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., scoured the label for information on the source of the water.
“It doesn’t say anything about sources or anything, does it?” he asked the panel of government and beverage industry experts
“So we don’t know where this water really came from.” The panel agreed.
With more North Americans turning to bottled water believing it safer and healthier than tap water, there are growing concerns over how water is marketed, sourced and tested for safety and purity. Consumption of bottled water in North America has doubled over the past 10 years, according to the Beverage Marketing Corporation. In a study of 188 bottled water brands by the Environmental Working Group — a nonprofit public health advocacy group — only two brands listed specific water sources and treatment methods on their labels and offered a recent water quality test report on their Web sites. “Consumers spend 1,900 times more for bottled water than for tap water, yet they rarely know basic information about exactly what’s in their water bottle,” said Jane Houlihan, an Environmental Working Group researcher.
Houlihan says more than 25 percent of bottled waters are simply “tap water in a bottle.”
Bottled Water Firms Not Required to Produce Annual Quality Reports. But industry representatives say it’s normal for water to come from municipal sources. Still, there is no broad requirement of manufacturers to print the water’s source, how or whether it’s treated, and what chemicals and it contains.
We can’t say there’s zero risks here. “There have been 23 recalls from 2001 to 2008 of bottled water … But because it’s bottled water, we assume it’s safe to drink.”
Puritii™ – More Than Just a Water Bottle.
The Puritii Water Filter Bottle is a little portable water filtration system with a patented 3-stage water filter. This little filter filters water as well or better than many home systems. Not only does it filter disgusting water sources and provide crystal clear drinking water wherever you are but it is completely portable.
There are several water filter bottles on the market today and they come in all shapes and sizes. Some have pumps on them, others are too large to carry, and then there are some bottles like the Puritii water bottle that are totally portable and will fit in a standard cup holder.
Another thing that is very important is bacteria buildup in the filter itself. Many water bottles on the market require “flushing” or backwashing and require a pump to do this. Trying to decipher which is a superior product depends on a number of factors and what the intended usage is. If you want to get the best filtration possible then you need to do your due diligence and identify what is important and what is not. When you get to filtering microscopic particles like Viruses and Bacteria the filtration capabilities are considerably different.
The Silver-based Aquaspear Antimicrobial Technology suppresses the growth of bacteria, algae, fungus, mold & mildew within the filter media so there is no need for flushing or backwashing.
Filtering Bacteria & Viruses
In order to filter those tiny critters called Bacteria and Viruses, you need to get down to nanometer size – and when filtration holes are that small it is really difficult to get water through the holes. The Puritii Water Filtration bottle, with patented Aquaspear technology, is extremely efficient at removing bacteria and viruses, and tests show it exceeds NSF requirements as much as 100 times the required amount. Unlike reverse osmosis filtered water that strips valuable minerals from the water, Puritii allows those minerals to pass through – it even increases water alkalinity.
Cost Savings Over Buying Bottled Water
Another great bonus of using the Puritii Water bottle instead of drinking bottled water is how much money you can save. Have you ever traveled and bought bottled water at airports or Hotels? I have seen prices as high as $6 a bottle! One Puritii filter lasts for about 2 months and filters approx 50 gallons of water. Fifty gallons is the equivalent of 378 16.9 ounce bottles of water so multiply whatever you pay for bottled water times 378.
Water Bottle Design
Both water bottles incorporate a handy “finger ring” to make carrying the bottle easier. The flip top valve is easy to operate and includes a handy dust cover to keep the mouthpiece clean. The cap is specially designed to accept the filter and hold it in place with a contamination-free seal simply by inserting the filter with a slight twist. The plastic can withstand boiling water (210?F/100?C) But it will become very soft and it will be hot in the user’s hand. We do not recommend temperatures over 150?F/65?C in either bottle.
Puritii™ – Fresh, pure drinking water on the go without the cost and waste of bottled water or the need for an expensive water filtration system.
The Puritii™ Water Filtration System is a technological breakthrough in filtration design. It offers an effective and portable solution for ensuring the quality and purity of the water we drink, from both potable and non-potable sources. What’s in your water?