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Tap Water is Better than Bottled Water

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Started: 10/3/2012 Category: Health
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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jh1234l

Pro

Before starting the debate, here are a few rules:
1. Please do not write things that are too off topic. (Things that are off topic, but related are okay)
2. Please, do not be rude.

Argument 1: A lot of bottled water are actually just filtered tap water. Buying a pitcher water filter is cheaper than buying bottled water in the long term. [2] "In 2006, the Earth Policy Institute , a Washington-based NGO, found that around 40% of bottled water actually starts off as tap water with minerals added later on, questioning assumptions over its special health impact. Similarly, research carried out by the University of Geneva for conservation group WWF in 2001 found that bottled water is not safer than tap water unless consumed in areas where water is contaminated. " [1]

2. Tap water contains fluoride, which is good for your teeth unless overdosed.
"According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, infants begin to need fluoride supplements when they are six months old. If your local drinking water (tap water) contains at least 0.3 parts per million (ppm) of fluoride, then it is usually best that they get that fluoride from fluoridated water.
While you can instead give your child fluoride drops, there is the risk that he will get too much fluoride if he also drinks fluoridated water and gets too much fluoride, which can cause tooth staining." [3]

3. Bottled water is 10,000 times more expensive than tap, can be distributed without meeting tap water standards or testing for E.coli. Bottled water is also more wasteful, only 1 in 5 are recycled. [4]

[1]http://www.totallydrinkable.com...
[2]http://www.waterbenefitshealth.com...
[3]http://pediatrics.about.com...
[4]www.onlineeducation.net/bottled_water
jdjv

Con

This is my first time on this website so when I inevitably do something wrong, please point it out and ridicule me.

Firstly yes some bottled water comes directly from the mains, which on the face of it may seem very wrong. However you're forgetting that you are not just buying tap water but tap water stored in a convenient container that you can take anywhere, a luxury not available with the mere tap water.

This then leads to a major pro for bottled water, its ability to be available anywhere! If you're going for a peaceful walk along a mountain trail, you can't take a tap with you. What you can do is pick up a bottle at almost any store and then take it with you and drink it whenever you want!

Now as you've already stated 'around 40% of bottled water actually starts off as tap water' which would mean that around 40% of bottled water provides the exact benefits of tap water, but with the bonus of being available anywhere! Also mineral waters come in a bottled form and boasts many health benefits such as reducing the risk of heart attacks and magnesium deficiency(which causes nervousness, dizziness and headaches or migraines) due to its naturally occurring magnesium, the strengthening of bones and preventing blood clots through calcium, aiding the liver and aiding digestion through sulphates and preventing oestioperosis(which leads to increased risk of bone fractures) through silica. [1]

Yes there is technically a huge mark up but it isn't as if you're going to be paying huge amounts for your water. Supermarket chain tesco will only charge you 17p for 2 litres of water [2] that you can carry around and drink whenever it pleases you. Proof that people have no problem with paying this is that as you stated 1 in 5 recycle there bottle, but 4 in five people therefore have absolutely no problem with going out and buying another bottle.

Ide also like to argue that bottled water is actually doing the environment a favour. A 438 millilitre bottle of Pepsi one will release 2.2 grams of carbon dioxide directly into our atmosphere [3], whilst bottled water would produce none due to not containing carbonated water. Therefore by being on direct competition with soda brands the bottled water becomes an unsung hero in the battle for our planet and this isn't even taking into consideration the inevitably higher amounts of co2 created in the production of a soda, due to its much broader range of ingredients.

Ide like to end by presenting you with a scenario. Family a and family b both live in area prone to natural disasters. Family a keeps a well stocked supply of bottled water but family b doesn't. One day a disaster strikes and the water supply is shut off. Family b are forced to love without water and are faced with threats of potential dehydration and even death. Whilst family a live happy in the knowledge that until things return to normal, they have water aplenty and face none of the risks family b endure due to there dependance on the unreliable tap water.

[1] http://www.finewaters.com...
[2]http://m.tesco.com...
[3]http://www.science-house.org...
Debate Round No. 1
jh1234l

Pro

Here are your arguments and my responses
"Some bottled water come from tap, though it is in a bottle so it can be carried, which is not available with tap."
There are reusable bottles that can be used for moving tap water from place to place, and buying one can be
cheaper than bottled water in the long term, as bottles for bottled water are usually not designed to last, though
those reusable ones do.
"Mineral water is available in bottled form, and those minerals reduce some health risks."
Those minerals are healthy for you, but can also be got from food and not from something that flows for almost free
on our tap and is sold for thousand times of that. For example, milk also got a lot of these minerals, and so does
some other foods too. 'Minerals or milk salts, are traditional names for a variety of cations and anions within bovine milk. Calcium, phosphate, magnesium, sodium, potassium, citrate, and chlorine are all included as minerals and they typically occur at concentration of 5"40 mM.' [1]
"You stated that only 1 in 5 recycle their bottles, though 4 in 5 have no problem with buying another one. It is not very expensive."
Only one in five recycle their bottles [2], and that causes environmental issues, like giant piles of bottles ending up in
landfills. Then, they buy them again when they can just get it for almost free from the tap.
"bottled water is good for the environment because soda releases co2 into the atmosphere and bottled water does
not"
Bottled water industries use 17 million barrels of oil each year to make plastic. [2]And count all the shipping around
the world before they end up on the shelves.
Plus there sure are carbonated bottled water on the market. [3]
[1]http://en.wikipedia.org...
[2]http://www.onlineeducation.net...
[3]http://www.finewaters.com...
jdjv

Con

jdjv forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
jh1234l

Pro

In Conclusion, bottled water does not need to pass E.coli tests, is not required to produce quality reports, costs more than tap, and is wasteful as only one fifth of them are recycled.[1]
Bottled water does not even taste better than tap, according to a survey from Penn and Teller. [2]Their only pro is that they are put in a portable, carry-able bottle.

[1]http://www.onlineeducation.net...
[2]www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdvJOF-2mm0
jdjv

Con

jdjv forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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