Bottled Water: Biggest Joke Ever

by Project Censored

Bottled water is making companies like PepsiCo, the Coca-Cola Company and Nestle a combined profit of $110 billion a year, when in reality all they are doing is putting in bottles the tap water we could get at home and selling it. So, if its just tap water why are we so set on going to the store and buying it? The reason for this is that Big Bev has put fear of tap water in to the minds of most people in the world. As far as the United States goes, though tap water is relatively safe to drink, probably even more so than the bottled water, because the EPA has high standards and quality tests the water must go through at the plants in cities where it is regulated. The Big Bev’s bottled water is controlled by the FDA, which is not as strict as the EPA when it comes to water.  There have been test run on bottled water, verses the tap water, and the bottle water ended up having 6.31 micrograms of arsenic per bottle and the tap water had less. Another issue with bottled water is that the bottle itself has both environmental and health issues linked to it.


Cliff Weathers, AlterNet, “The most brazen rip-off ever: How the beverage industry brainwashed you to fear tap water” March 15, 2015

Student Researcher: Samantha Woods, Indian River State College

Faculty Evaluator: Elliot D. Cohen, Ph.D., Indian River State College

Ethics Alert

The first ethical issue would be Big Bev using fear tactics and lies to gain profit.  They instill fear into people by telling them that tap water isn’t good for us and that it is contaminated, when in fact tap water is tested for harmful bacteria, for example E. coli, because the EPA requires it; but the water being bottled in the factories doesn’t have to be tested for such bacteria.  The next issue is they are conning us out of lots of money by selling bottled water at about 2,000 times the actual cost of water coming from the tap, which is absurd since they aren’t even doing anything to it except putting it into a bottle for us. The last ethical issue has to do with the bottle the water comes in. First  it comes with a toll for our human health because the plastic contains   Bisphenol A, which can mix in with the water, and is known to be an endocrine disruptor that could possibly lead to reproductive problems; also it can disrupt normal heart functioning and is linked to some cancers. Now this effects the environment as well because the material that the bottles are made of is not biodegradable. However it does photodegrade. This just means that as time goes on the bottles break down into smaller plastic fragments, and these fragments can absorb toxins and end up in our oceans, soil, and the animals we eat! Furthermore, plastic bottles are one of the most common form of pollution in our oceans and on our beaches: every square mile has at least 460,000 pieces of plastic floating in it and eventually this could result in a major loss in marine life along with the loss of the natural beauty of our planet.

In conclusion the Big Bev companies are only after profit and it doesn’t seem to matter how they get those profits. This article shows that we shouldn’t fear the tap water but instead embrace it because it’s safer than bottled water.  Maybe this could also lessen pollution to our planet if we started to use reusable cups to drink our tap water.