The Oakland Press published an opinion piece by Gordon McEvoy outlining the differences between tap and bottled water, along with the differences between bottled products themselves.
Tap water is argued as safer because of stricter imposed health-based regulations in comparison with the bottled water industry.
However, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit public advocacy, has revealed that — despite overwhelming utility compliance to established potable water regulations — tap water in the U.S. is nevertheless loaded with unregulated contaminants (tagged as “emerging” because these pollutants currently fly completely off the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s or EPA-regulatory radar screen.
McEvoy, a licensed potable waterworks operator with 10 years’ professional water quality experience at the municipal and state levels, further explains how bottled water – even if its source is the tap – is still different from regular tap water.
Rather than clouding issues with irrelevant accusations of political morality, we should rationally outline important distinctions (such as differences between types of bottled water and qualities of tap water and sources), thus paving the way for better-educated personal consumer decisions.