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What Is Behind The Bottled Water Home Cooler Craze?

Melanie Sattonfield

From Orbitaloc.com

More and more people in this country are bypassing the water fountain and opting to drink bottled water instead. This growing trend has been responsible for an explosion of bottled water varieties available on the market today. Many people have even stopped drinking the water from their kitchen faucets and have installed bottled water home coolers. Is this just another crazy fad, or there actually a good reason to switch from tap water to bottled water?

The tap water vs. bottled water debate has been around for years, and for many people it all boils down to taste. They insist that they prefer bottled water because it just tastes better. They believe that it not only tastes sweeter and cleaner than tap water, but is much more refreshing too. While some swear by a particular brand and refuse to drink anything else, other people are not as particular and will drink any brand of bottled water.

It is certainly true that tap water does often have a peculiar taste or aroma, and depending upon where you live it can be downright unpleasant. This is because chemicals like chlorine are added to the water in order to lower bacteria levels. Geographic factors like high concentrations of iron or sulfur also contribute to foul smelling and bad tasting drinking water.

For other people, chemicals are the major issue in the tap water vs. bottled water debate. These people feel the chemicals that are added to tap water create significant health risks for certain people, especially pregnant and nursing women. Then there are those that are even more concerned, warning that the chemicals used to treat public water supplies will be responsible for serious health problems in the future.

Fear of contamination is another reason that so many families have turned their back on tap water and have had bottled water home coolers installed. While local drinking water is strictly regulated, outbreaks of contamination still occur. Many people simply do not want to risk becoming sick from drinking tap water that is contaminated with high levels of bacteria.

Tap water is generally clean and safe, as it is subject to strict regulations. But bottled water is subject to much more rigorous standards and regulations. That’s because it is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), while tap water is regulated by local authorities.

The convenience of home delivery service is another reason for the surge in bottled water consumption. Many manufacturers offer this service, and some companies offer a wide variety of brands, so you can have your favorite brand of water delivered right to you door.

For those of you concerned about contributing more plastic to our overflowing landfills, don’t worry. Whenever water is delivered to your home, the delivery service picks up the empty plastic coolers and takes them to be recycled.

Keeping your body properly hydrated is essential to your health. So if concerns about your local tap water are keeping you from drinking enough water every day, you might want to think about installing a bottled water home cooler.

More and more people in this country are bypassing the water fountain and opting to drink bottled water instead. This growing trend has been responsible for an explosion of bottled water varieties available on the market today. Many people have even stopped drinking the water from their kitchen faucets and have installed bottled water home coolers. Is this just another crazy fad, or there actually a good reason to switch from tap water to bottled water?

The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) is the authoritative source of information about all types of bottled waters. Founded in 1958, IBWA's membership includes U.S. and international bottlers, distributors and suppliers. IBWA is committed to working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates bottled water as a packaged food product, and state governments to set stringent standards for safe, high quality bottled water products. Additionally, IBWA requires member bottlers to adhere to the IBWA Bottled Water Code of Practice, which mandates additional standards and practices that in some cases are more stringent than federal and state regulations. A key feature of the IBWA Model Code is an annual plant inspection by an independent, third party organization.

For more information about IBWA, bottled water and a list of member‚ brands, please contact
Chris Hogan, IBWA‚ Vice President of Communications at 703-647-4609 or [email protected].

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