The Weekly Gripe

FEATURES

Gripes the News
Gripes in the pipes
The Soapbox
*

Bottled water a pointless waste of money

46 comments  Add a comment

Bottled water, it's just another pointless way to throw your money away.  The public has been duped into buying this stuff, which often is manufactured in industrial estates despite pictures of idyllic vales appearing on the labels.

Also, the bottled water collected from its natural source picks up all sorts of minerals, which are beneficial, but potentially contaminants too.  There just are not the rigid checks that tap water has to undergo, and consequently many bottled waters have high bacteria content and questionable 'purity'.

Some companies actually sell bottled tap water which they re-filter.  How do they get away with this?  Ok, good luck to the enterprising individuals but I think it verges on scandalous.

Bottled water, the healthy alternative?

Tap water has in the past had a bad press, whereas bottled water has been hailed as the healthy alternative.  Research shows this to be wayward thinking.  Besides, it's nonsense to pay such exorbitant prices for water - especially in garage forecourts.  Are people really so gullible?  Apparently they are.

Bottled water is pointless anyway. Here are two tips (and no, I don't work for any water authority or company):

First of all never re-use plastic water bottles for drinking as studies have proven that plasticisers and other constituent plastics leech into the water as the bottle slowly degrades.  This may be accelerated by the use of fruit juices.

Secondly, store your own water from the tap in glass bottles in the fridge and in a cool bag in the car.  If you're fussy, then buy a water jug filter to run it through first.

I see people in supermarkets all the time laden with big packs of water.  Ok, they think they're doing right by their families.  Not so - the motivation is good but the facts do not unanimously support bottled water as the healthy alternative.

By: H2O


Leave a comment

   

First Prev Page 1 of 4 Next Last

The Sociapath

The Sociapath

All bottled water is a rip off.
Just look at one of the so called market leaders - EVIAN.
When the Company was trying to come up with a name for their water, one of their number who was so contemptuous of the whole idea, they suggested NAIVE, as anyone who would pay money for the same product available from a tap would at best be naive or, at worst, truely stupid.
The company went ahead with the name and held their breath for the bad publicity they expected.
It didn't happen and now you all waste money on tap water in a plastic bottle.
Truely stupid doesn't even come close to what I call the sub-life that buy it....
The Sociapath
19th Feb 16 11:02

!

1
AOD

AOD

Well maybe, but maybe not. I read somewhere that in the U.S. a quarter of all bottled water came from the tap anyway. Don't know about the UK. Have also heard that there are different regulations they have to meet for tap water that are stricter, don't imagine there's much truth in that though. I'd say that tap water is at least as safe and clean as bottled water though.
AOD
22nd Feb 11 06:02

!

-95
Cynical Boblet

Cynical Boblet

What about Peckham Spring? I was always told that Scotch was Scotch because of the bairns water, until I was in a Bottling plant. I watched a guy pouring filtered tap water into a vat of scotch to alter the specific gravity pre bond.
Cynical Boblet
22nd Feb 11 02:02

!

-65
Itneverusedtobelikethis.

Itneverusedtobelikethis.

In the London area ,what comes out of your tap is actualy treated sewage.
Many people find this "distastefull" & so opt to by bottled spring water.
At least we know this has come from the heavens & not from somebody's kidneys!
Itneverusedtobelikethis.
22nd Feb 11 12:02

!

-85
Chlorina

Chlorina

You say that bottled water has a lot of contaminants and does not go through such a rigid procedure as tap water?

Firstly, tap water is mostly recycled water and has to go through a rigid process. Can you imagine what recycled water must be like! Added to it is chlorine. When I drink water from the tap, the taste and smell of chlorine is so strong and taste awful.

No one is arguing how safe water is either bottled or tap. The fact is, I prefer Mineral water because it does not have a chlorine taste and is not heavily recycled. I do not drink bottled water all the time but take one to work regularly.
Chlorina
7th Nov 10 09:11

!

-6
Hal

Hal

While I understand where you are coming from, people seem to forget that bottled water is also an alternative to fizzy drinks. If i'm in town and want a drink I am no more going to run home to pour myself a drink from a family sized bottle of pop than I am from the tap. I do agree that we are being over-charged for it though.
Hal
7th Nov 10 09:11

!

93
mardi gras the candyman can

mardi gras the candyman can

bottled water is a pointless waste of money because it is a sciantific fact that tap water is actually better for you. this is because it has a very small dose of added fluride to combat tooth decay.
mardi gras the candyman can
6th Oct 10 09:10

!

-51
artuk

artuk

I love bottled water, I buy it for 20p and sell it for over £1, if you're daft enough to buy it that's your problem. I am amused by the people I see in the UK walking around with their bottles like they will die of thirst if they don't have a personal supply with them as it maybe another 50 yards before they can get a drink.
artuk
10th Sep 10 01:09

!

52
Mike Pee

Mike Pee

Don't be fooled by this recycling hype.Enjoy your bottled water & dump the plastic in the river for the swans..
Mike Pee
2nd Jul 10 07:07

!

81
Angi

Angi

Agree with you totally, and not to mention the environmental cost of transporting all this nonsense.
Angi
6th Jan 10 10:01

!

91
MikeP

MikeP

The idea of drinking treated sewage may be repellent but if properly treated it is 100% pure and safe. Nature recycles, and so should we.
MikeP
23rd Oct 09 04:10

!

47
Gix

Gix

I know someone who works at the water board and it is water from the mountains not treated sewage and if he thinks the water is good (and he drinks it ) it is good enough for me .
Gix
23rd Oct 09 11:10

!

37
Water Fan

Water Fan

For me personally, bottled water tastes better than tap water.

Also when travelling in foreign countries I don't trust the tap water and would always drink bottled.
Water Fan
7th Oct 09 09:10

!

-28
azulchica

azulchica

im doing a 9th grade report and im bored already give some interesting facts please before for I go zzzzz!
azulchica
6th Oct 09 10:10

!

31
BargainHunter

BargainHunter

There is no evidence whatsoever that RE-USING plastic bottles and containers presents any hazard of chemical leaching. Using bottled water stored in a cupboard for a number of years would be a different issue but the formulation of PET bottles was changed to reduce the minimal levels of leaching. We are very fortunate to have a high standard of tap water in the UK and restaurants should be legally forced to supply tap water with a nominal service charge.
BargainHunter
13th Sep 09 11:09

!

99

First Prev Page 1 of 4 Next Last

FEATURES

Gripes the News
Gripes in the pipes
The Soapbox
spinner