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Where's your bottled water coming from?

by Joe Michaels


Posted on August 6, 2007 at 6:07 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:35 PM

A recent blog here in 'Going Green' talked about the negative environmental impacts of...bottled water? Yep. The transportation and production of bottled water can have big impacts on our environment. You can check out the original blog here. And as it turns out...some of that bottled water...the same bottled water that is taking such a negative toll on our environment...isn't even as pristine as you'd expect. In fact, some bottled water is taken from the same source as...tap water.

About 75% of bottled water in the US comes from pure sources...like springs, aquifers, and underground rivers. That's good to know. But what about the other 25%?

Turns out, that other 25% comes from municipal water sources. And two of the biggest bottled water brands that are doing this...Dasani (Coca-Cola) and Aquafina (PepsiCo). Granted, they do purify their water...but that water is still coming from community water sources.

Good to know...espeically when American are spending $15 billion a year on bottled water.

Of course...since we have some of the best tap water in the country here in the Northwest...I know I ask myself - do I really need to buy that bottled water in the first place?

This blog is based off of an article that I read on MSNBC.com. To read that full article, click here.