Myth #1: Bottled water is the cleanest, safest water available to drink
As much as 40% of all bottled water is simply tap water that is being packaged and resold. What's more, plastic bottles leach chemicals straight into the water, making it less healthy than drawing from the tap. The FDA has stricter regulations for municipal tap water than for bottled water; there's just one person in the FDA overseeing standards on bottled water in the US.
Myth #2: Bottled water tastes the best
Given that it's less fresh and has had chemicals leaching into it as it sits in the bottle, that's hardly the case. 'Designer' water is just that – slapped with a label and marketed like a pair of jeans. CBS News found in a 2007 poll that two-thirds of participants preferred tap water to bottled, or couldn't tell the difference.
Myth #3: Bottled water is the cheapest way to go
With tap water being readily available almost everywhere, and simple water treatment methods creating access to clean drinking water at any time, it's easy to see that the cost of buying bottled water when traveling adds up quickly.
Myth #4: Bottled water plants benefit local communities
In many developing countries, bottling factories rob local people of millions of gallons of their own drinking water. Groundwater levels drop and competition for access to this precious commodity rises.
Myth #5: Bottled water has little impact on the environment
The majority of plastic water bottles around the world are NOT recycled. In the US alone, an estimated 86% of plastic water bottles end up in landfills. The production of plastic bottles requires over 17 million gallons of oil – enough to fuel a million cars!