Aquafina: Not exactly tap water, but not spring water either

Oct 26, 2015 at 8:03 p.m. ET
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Old news about the source of Aquafina water is making the rounds again.

In September, the website Inverse reported that Aquafina had fessed up to the fact that the water they package up in plastic bottles is sourced from nowhere more exotic than the public water supply that you use to take a bath in. This has caused a few news agencies to begin reporting on this as if it's new information, but CNN reported on Aquafina and its very ordinary source way back in 2007.

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A recent update by Inverse shows that they were actually contacted by a representative of PepsiCo, who reports that the company was concerned that the site had called its product "tap water." The representative noted that the bottled products list "purified water" as its ingredient on the label, saying that while it is sourced from public water, it goes through an extensive, 7-step filtration and purification system, which claims to take out what other companies leave in.

Yes, knowing what is in what we eat and what we drink is vital. And while some bottled water companies have some pretty amazing sources (Evian, for one, is said to come from springs in the French Alps), there really isn't any magic in most bottled water. This is a fact that should be common knowledge by now — but sadly, it isn't.

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In modern times, "news" articles can catch on and spread like wildfire, sharing what may be misinformation between friends, family members and colleagues. While it may seem that it's a good idea to forward on whatever news strikes you, it can take just a few minutes to verify it to see if it's even a thing anymore.

This is especially important when it comes to food news. We're all affected by food marketing, by good ingredients, by bad ingredients and by the next new study to come out that lets us know what we should or shouldn't be consuming. It can get overwhelming for us as consumers. So a news item that really isn't news that talks about something that everyone should already know kind of makes people trust the Internet a little less.

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This is not the direction we should be going, and it's important to also consider why we have the urge to use bottled water in the first place and how we should consider what it's packaged in — rather than only concentrate on what's inside the bottle.