Is your bottled water safe?

Your water bottle might have the word “pure” on the label, but how pure is pure?

According to a four-year study released by the environmental advocacy group National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), bottled water sold in the U.S. may be no purer than ordinary tap water. Because according to industry estimates, about 25 percent of all bottled water actually IS tap water – and some estimates place that percentage much higher.

The rest of the bottled waters – the non-tap waters – don’t fare much better because the FDA allows water that’s pumped from wells and treated with chemicals to be called “spring water.”

Maybe the FDA just doesn’t know what a spring is.

Obviously, not all “spring” water or tap water is created equal. In fact, tap water that’s filtered through a first rate filter will probably be freer of contaminants than “pure” spring water – even if it comes from an actual spring.

The NRDC study tested 103 brands of bottled water and found that about one-third had contaminants that exceeded allowable limits of bacteria, synthetic chemicals, and even arsenic! So your chance of getting a little something “extra” in your bottle of pure water may be approximately one in three. Those aren’t really the odds I’m looking for when I pick out a bottle that says “pure” on the label.

So to be completely certain that your water is genuinely pure, your best bet is to use a tap filtration system. But like different sources of water, not all systems are created equal. If you’d like information about a good system called the Doulton Water Filter, visit to read about Doulton’s 100 year history of perfecting an easy-to-install, easy-to-clean, ceramic filter permeated with silver to trap and eliminate bacteria.

Or, you could always fill up your bottle at a pure spring if you have one in your neighborhood. Just make sure it isn’t an FDA-approved spring.

To Your Good Health,

Jenny Thompson
Health Sciences Institute


“Bottled Water: Pure Drink or Pure Hype?” National Resources Defense Council,