Water water everywhere but WHICH DROP DO WE DRINK?
When you go to a restaurant they always put out a glass of water before your meal. My question is always where does that water come from? More than likely it’s tap water, which I would never drink, and since I drink water with every meal I always choose to go with bottled water thinking it’s better. But boy was I wrong.
Here in the United States you would think we should not be concerned about bad water but that’s pretty far from the truth in fact some cities across this country are pumping out some pretty nasty water from their faucets. When people open the faucet in their homes they assume they are getting clean healthy water but the reality is that could not be further from the truth. In fact some water from your tap could be full of harmful chemicals and inorganic materials which could be harmful to the human body.
The general concerns about water quality in your home today focus on chlorine, arsenic, pesticides, lead and herbicides. With all this said, we decided to test the tap water in our city to see how it is. Then I started thinking could the water they sell in bottles be an actual safer alternative? You would think so considering the prices they charge for bottled water.
Armed with a water tester and a trip to the store to purchase one of each brand of bottled water we started testing.
Are tests are measuring the total TDS (total dissolved solids) in the water. TDS is inorganic substances such as salt, metals and other elements disolved in drinking water. These types of deposits come from both natural and man-made sources like road salts, old piping, leaves, sand, salt etc. The FDA requires that bottled water have a total TDS reading of 000-010ppm. Just to give you an idea of this rating, typical tap water can run from 002-400ppm depending on the city you live in. You can find out your measurement by visiting www.testyourtap.com.
So here are the results of the most popular bottled water on the market today. The results will blow your mind.
Here are the tests from Worst to First
Evian Bottled Water (WORST WATER TESTED)
Evian, this brand advertises itself as the classy brand of water. Visit any country club in Palm Beach and I’m sure you’ll see Evian in the hands of a few. Not a big fan of Evian myself I always felt it had a dry and plastic taste to it, kind of like the people who drink it. LOL, had to throw that in. The Evian brand however is not as popular as it once was and their is reason for that. It’s rock bottom the worst water we tested and that includes Miami city tap water. This water rated so bad we thought of testing public toilet water at Wal-Mart to help it’s rating on the list. Evian tested at a horrible 212ppm
Zephyrhills Bottled Water
Zephyrhills, I thought this would have the worst rating but still I thought it would be better than Miami city tap water. Zephyrhills is nothing more that city water from the city of Zephyrills, Florida. I will admit I drink it from time to time, it’s not the best tasting but certainly one of the cheapest bottled waters on the market. The only thing Zephyrills will appreciate about this test is that Evian was tested as well. Zephyrhills tested at 187ppm
City of Miami Tap Water
Yep believe it or not city tap water tested better than two very popular bottled waters that you can find in every store across this country. Straight from the tap; Miami City water tested at 117ppm much better that both Evian and Zephyrills and a lot cheaper. The only reason we added tap water to our test is so that you can see the quality guide lines we going up against.
Nestle Pure Life Bottle Water
A Wal-Mart staple and the cheapest water on the list. I thought my god this stuff is gonna test bad. Nestle water tested at 72ppm. Not great but much better than the last three, however I think we are in need of a name change, Pure Life is just not fitting.
Disclaimer here, Smart water is my favorite bottled water, it just taste clean and fresh to me. So I could not wait to test it. Also let it be know that Smart water is the most expensive of all the waters tested here, usually carrying a price tag of close to $2.00 per bottle. Smart Water tested at 27ppm. So much better than the last three and I really thought would be the clear winner.
One of the most popular waters on the market today bottled by Coca-Cola, and one of the higher priced bottles, Dasani has good taste and tested very good. Dasani tested at a mind blowing 23ppm, it beat my Smart Water which really shocked me but by so little that I would continue buying it over Dasani just because I like it better.
This hidden gem from San Francisco offers a wonderful bottle of water with a hint of mint flavor. I was introduced to MetroMint about a year ago at a blogging conference where it was a giveaway sample. I was surprised to find it just this past weekend at a local farmers market where I purchased a couple bottles. Just in time for our water test I could not wait to test it. My thought process was maybe because it has mint in it, it may not get a good rating but I was very surprised when it tested at 3ppm. This reverse osmosis water is a must try.
Aquafina (BEST WATER TESTED)
The main competitor of Dasani, Aquafina and of Course made by Pepsi. Aquafina was the clear winner as the best water tested by far. Aquafina tested at 2ppm. The cleanest and purest bottled water on the market today is clearly Aquafina.
There you have it. TDS water tests on some of the most popular bottled waters on the market today. We are going to dig a little deeper and find out about types of plastic bottles used for these waters as well, since that seems to be a hot topic now with BPA and recycling issues.
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