When you pay up to 1,900 times more for something, you expect it to be worth it, but when it comes to bottled water most of the benefits are pure fantasy. What’s worse most bottled water companies hide the truth about their product in order to keep this profitable scheme going.
Majority of Companies Refuse to Divulge What’s Really in Their Bottles
The Environmental Working Group, EWG, set out to find the answers to three simple, basic questions about bottled water that consumers have a right to know:
- Where does the water come from?
- Is it purified, and if so, how?
- Is the water tested, and what, if any, contaminants have been found?
Interestingly, many bottled water companies will not supply you with the answers to these questions. According to the EWG, nine out of the top ten best-selling brands fail to provide answers to all three. Only one of the 173 bottled water products surveyed—Nestlé’s Pure Life Purified Water—discloses this information right on the label, and provides information for requesting a water quality test report.
In all, only three bottled water products received a good rating for transparency from the EWG:
1. Nestlé’s Pure Life Purified Water
2. Gerber Pure Purified Water
3. Penta Ultra-Purified Water
For the least transparent of the bunch, please see the EWG report. All in all, 18 percent of bottled waters do not tell you where their water comes from, and 32 percent do not disclose anything about the treatment or the purity of the water.
Why is this?
Could it be because the truth doesn’t justify the exorbitant price tag? After all, why would anyone knowingly pay a premium for something that is in many cases indistinguishable from regular tap water?