Thursday, February 19, 2009

Bottled Water and Emergency Response

Some groups have sought to frame drinking water issues as a “bottled water versus tap water debate” and that confuses consumers.

Consumers are not uniformly replacing their public drinking water with bottled water. Many consumers likely drink both bottled water and tap water depending on the circumstances. It does not, however, always amount to a tap versus bottled water choice.

Consumers across the United States choose bottled water because it is a healthy, refreshing beverage. In some cases, consumers drink bottled water as an alternative to other packaged beverages because it does not contain calories, caffeine, sugar, artificial flavors or colors, alcohol and other ingredients. Or, they choose bottled water because they are not always satisfied with the aesthetic qualities (e.g., taste, odor, color) of their tap water. There are thousands of public water systems across the US, most of which are succeeding; but others are faced with occasional “challenges,” emergencies, or natural events that may cause service interruptions.

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