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Alkaline Water Ionizer Machines Compared to Bottled Alkaline Water

Cost

Regularly purchasing bottled alkaline water can get expensive really fast. The Natural Resources Defense Council has said that "bottled water costs 240 to 10,000 times more per gallon than your cities municipal tap water."(NRDC , Banthebottle).

Lack of Purity

The bottled water industry is very loosely regulated and nearly "40% of all bottled water starts out as tap water" (Businessinsider) and "studies have found bottled water to be no purer than tap water, and in some cases even harmful, with one out of every three containing harmful chemicals such as cancer-causing contaminants, bacteria, and carcinogens"(NRDC , EWG). With many of these contaminants being a direct result of the plastic bottle that is made from petroleum and the lack of regulation in bottling the water. Recent studies have discovered nearly 25,000 different chemicals inside a given single bottle of bottled water. Researchers tested 18 samples of commercially sold bottled water from around the world and discovered them to contain chemicals which interfered with hormone receptors in the human body. Tap water was tested as well, and no hormone interference was found. This lead the researches to look at the plastic in which the bottled water was packaged. Two classes of chemicals, maleates and fumarates used to manufacture plastic bottles, and known potent endocrine disruptors, were discovered in most of the bottled waters tested. Some of the harmful effects of endocrine disruptors (chemicals which interfere with hormones inside the body) are stunted growth, premature birth, infertility, early menopause, and early puberty - to name a few. Medical research also indicates that consuming these chemicals can trigger diabetes, heart disease, and certain forms of cancer. In other words, you may be taking a health risk just by drinking bottled water.

Environmental Impact



According to the EPI Worldwide "2.7 million tons (2.4 million metric tons) of plastic are used to bottle water each year. The plastic most commonly used is polyethylene terepthalate (PET), which is derived from crude oil. Making bottles to meet Americans demand for bottled water requires more than 1.5 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel some 100,000 U.S. cars for a year, while transporting these bottles burns even more oil. Most of the bottles, about 86 percent become garbage or litter, according to the Container Recycling Institute in Washington, D.C. Plastic debris in the environment can take between 400 and 1,000 years to degrade"(National Geographic). Pollution from the production, transportation, and use of plastic water bottles has become so pervasive cities such as San Francisco, Chicago, and Seattle have attempted to ban the sale of bottled water.



It is estimated that since the 1950's over 1 billion tons of plastic have entered the world's oceans. Today, in vast areas of the oceans known as gyres, where ocean currents deposit anything that floats, there are regions greater than the size of Texas, such as the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" or "North Pacific Ocean Gyre" where plastic outweighs surface zooplankton 6 to 1. Since in the United States 93% of plastics are not recycled, we all must do everything we can to reduce and/or deny our use of one time throw away plastics whenever possible. Purchasing bottled alkaline water for use in the home is not only very expensive and unsafe, it contributes to this epidemic of plastic pollution that will last for thousands of years.






Scientific Study

In a study conducted by "the University of Iowa Hygienic Laboratory on 10 brands of bottled water revealed a wide range of pollutants, including not only disinfection by products, but also common urban waste water pollutants like caffeine and pharmaceuticals (Tylenol); heavy metals and minerals including arsenic and radioactive isotopes; fertilizer residue (nitrate and ammonia); and a broad range of other, tentatively identified industrial chemicals used as solvents, plasticizers, viscosity decreasing agents, and propellants"(EWG). Another study conducted by the National Resources Defense Council found that "after testing more than 1,000 bottles that about one fourth of the bottled water brands (23 of 103 waters, or 22 percent) were contaminated at levels violating strict enforceable state (California) limits for the state in which they were purchased, in at least one sample. The NRDC also found that almost one fifth of the waters tested (18 of 103, or 17 percent) exceeded unenforceable sanitary guidelines for microbiological purity in at least one test. In all, at least one sample of one third of the waters we tested (34 of 103, or 33 percent) exceeded a state enforceable standard for bacterial or chemical contamination, a nonenforceable microbiological-purity (HPC) guideline, or both"(NRDC). In other words, because the regulations around bottled water are so loose, you never really know what you are getting in your bottle. The better option is to use a home water filter system to remove those impurities so your family will have a constant stream of healthy water. The Bawell alkaline water ionizer system was designed to make installation and consistent use easy and fast. We want to make sure you always have access to healthy water that is PH balanced and purified of all those contaminants. Take a look at our selection of water filters and start improving your health, saving your budget, and helping the environment all at once.

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