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Letter: Bottle vs. Tap

In light of the recent discussions surrounding bottled vs. tap water, the Plainview Water District Commissioners thought it would be beneficial to highlight some of the facts that were reported on during the July 9 airing of ABC’s Good Morning America.

According to the report, bottled water manufacturers are not required to disclose where they get their water from, how it is purified or whether it is treated at all. And yet with all of this uncertainty, Americans spend about $16 billion a year on bottled water.

In fact, the bottled water industry acknowledges that as much as 45 percent of bottled water comes from municipal water supplies similar to the Plainview Water District. Some bottled water undergoes further filtration, some, however, do not. Now, members of Congress are asking bottled water manufacturers to state where their water comes from and what’s in it. The other major concern is environmental in nature and refers to how the bottles themselves are discarded. The government estimates that three quarters of the water bottles sold are not recycled.

What is the bottom line when it comes to tap water? Tap water is better for the environment and unquestionably easier on your wallet.

Plainview Water District Board of Commissioners
Kevin Langberg
Joel Kessler
Edward Shulroff