If there is one thing that I’ve come to realise whilst campaigning for this cause, it’s that there is an incredible amount of misinformation out there…Especially now with so many different sources for people to gather their understanding on certain topics. Not only this, but the Internet is, contrary to popular belief, seemingly dividing us further. More and more we appear to be sealed off from other opinions and points of view, preferring instead, to exist within the safe confines of our own little ‘bubble’ and not daring to venture outside it lest our opinions are challenged in some way.
This certainly is the case when it comes to opinions about tap water, I’ve found.
Unfortunately, there exists a great misunderstanding about tap water; from its source, to its contents, its quality assurances and so on. All of this we’ll be tackling in the coming weeks so stay tuned.
But today I wanted to look at one particular fact that I think many are completely unaware of: Tap water is required to meet far more stringent quality standards than bottled water.
This is quite a shocking statement to many. Indeed, I’ve told this to a number of individuals and each time I’ve been met with a hesitant squint. But it’s true.
According to Choice, “Tap water needs to meet more stringent quality criteria and actually gets monitored more carefully than bottled water.”
Stuart Khan, an authority on drinking water and associate professor at the University of New South Wales asserts that “Tap water is managed in a much more holistic way than bottled water [in Australia]. And the safety practices around pathogens like bacteria and viruses are much more rigorous with tap water than they are with bottled water.”
Also, those contaminations that do occur in tap water are just as likely to crop up in bottled water (especially due to the fact that bottled water is often simply tap water, bottled! More on that in future posts). Not only this, but a 1986 survey by the Environmental protection agency found that 8% of the water tested from bottled waters showed evidence of some form of bacteria, and plastic bottles routinely arrived at factories without lids and were not washed or rinsed prior to filling!
That’s a far cry from the clean and pure image you normally associate with these brands of bottled water.
That’s all for today. But hopefully, if you have been a little skeptical about the quality of tap water this blog has gone some way to helping put those fears to bed.