In February, the EPA announced plans to require the bottled water industry to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions.
But now, some industry experts say it’s time to rethink the business model.
“There’s no reason for us to do this without a plan for when and how to do it,” said Jim Purify, CEO of the National Bottled Water Association, a trade group.
“There’s a lot of concern about the amount of carbon dioxide that we’re adding to our air and we have no way of monitoring that.”
He’s not the only one who’s questioning the idea of bottled water.
Earlier this year, the FDA issued a report that found bottled water was more than 50 percent less effective than regular tap water at preventing carbon dioxide.
Purify says his group’s not asking for a wholesale rethink.
“We think that’s what we’re doing,” Purify said.
“We think the industry has already made its best efforts.
They’ve taken care of all the things that we’ve said in the past, that are going to help us protect our water.”
But the EPA’s move was met with anger from some of the industry’s biggest names, including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and the National Association of Home Builders.
The trade group says the EPA is taking a “flawed approach” that ignores the fact that the bottled industry has been doing well.
“It is a flawed, flawed approach to water,” said Tom Steyer, the billionaire environmentalist who has spent millions of dollars lobbying the government.
“It’s a flawed approach that has been wrongheaded for far too long.”
So what should you do if you suspect you’ve had a leak?
There are a number of different options, and it’s best to discuss the risk with your water provider before drinking it.
A typical water supply could be monitored by monitoring equipment installed in homes and businesses.
You can also try to clean the water yourself with a filter.
“If the water is cloudy, cloudy water is good for you, but if the water’s cloudy and it tastes bad, that’s bad,” Purize said.
The bottled water that Purify sells in the US comes from a different kind of water source.
He’s an independent bottler who buys water from three different companies.
“The whole process is very, very simple,” Purise said.
He and his company produce bottled water, tap water, and natural water in North America, and he believes the US market is the best in the world for consumers.
“I believe that people have a right to know that their water is safe,” he said.
“So when you buy bottled water from the water companies, it’s your choice.
And it’s not going to taste good or taste bad, and you can always go to the store and get more water.”
If you’re concerned about a leak, you can call the EPA at 1-800-424-4324.
You’ll need to present a copy of your health certificate and fill out a form, which will also include your contact information.
You may be able to get a refund, but you’ll have to return the product.
“When we talk about the cost of water, it doesn’t include the cost to the environment,” said John Hildreth, director of water quality for the EPA.
“So that’s not included.”
For more information on drinking water contamination, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.