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Originally posted by astronomine
The days of fresh, pure water can be obtained going "Into the Wild" status and away from the masses.
Originally posted by applebiter
Jacques Cousteau's lovely granddaughter recently made a very sappy pitch to the Washington Press Club about how our fresh water supplies are in danger, and my GOD WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO??
Then someone from the audience said, "Um, what about desalinization? The oceans are full of water."
Man, it was funny. Cousteau's response was "I knew someone was going to say that." And that was all she had to say about it.
It IS all about control.
Originally posted by eradown
If they really want people to drink their crummy water they should not put flouride in water...
Gaps and Loopholes in FDA Regulations
1. Water bottled and sold in a single state -- the majority of bottled water sold in the United States -- is not covered by FDA rules, according to FDA.
2. FDA's definition of "bottled water" covered by its standards irrationally exempts many types of bottled water.
3. Even water defined as "bottled water" is not specifically required to meet treatment, contamination, or testing standards as strict as those applicable to city tap water.
Weaker bacteria rules for bottled water.
No treatment requirements to remove or kill bacteria and parasites in bottled water.
No Cryptosporidium and Giardia testing for bottled water.
That's because tap water is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which imposes strict limits on chemicals and bacteria, constant testing by government agencies, and mandatory notification to the public in the event of contamination.
Bottled water, on the other hand, is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which according to federal law is technically required to hold itself to the same standards as the EPA. The devil is in the details, however, since FDA regulations only apply to water that is bottled and transported between states, leaving out the two-thirds of water that is solely transported within states. State laws, meanwhile, are inconsistent, with some mirroring the FDA standards, some going beyond them and some falling far short of the national regulations. What's more, FDA regulations rely on companies to do their own testing, and perform voluntary recalls if products are found to be in violation of standards
1⁄4 of bottled water is reprocessed tap water (e.g. Aquafina & Dasani).
The WHO's Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality point out that although some substances are more easily controlled in bottled water, the warmer temperatures and longer periods of storage allow microorganisms to grow to higher levels than in tap water.