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Aquafina Bottle Water Comes From Tap

Aquafina Bottled Water Comes From Tap

Cities like New York and San Francisco already urge residents to drink tap water, and chances are the people living there may already be doing just that — even if they are buying bottled water. Although you might have already suspected it, Aquafina bottled water is sourced from public reservoirs — the same reservoirs that your kitchen tap water comes from. Aquafina is not alone; Coca-Cola's Dasani water is also sourced from public reservoirs. In an effort to be more transparent, since 2007, Aquafina has labeled all of its bottles to read that its water supply comes from a "public water source."

Despite its transparency, Aquafina has come under scrutiny for this practice, with many citing that Aquafina's bottled water is not better than drinking out of the bathroom tap. But according to a spokesperson for Pepsi Co. (Aquafina's parent company), all tap water is not created equal. In an email to Inverse, he argues that Aquafina is getting an unfair rap:

"As stated on the label, Aquafina is purified water," the spokesperson, who asked not to be named, writes. "It originates from public water sources and is then purified through a rigorous, seven-step purification process called Hydro-7™. That is not the "same water you get in your bathroom sink. Hydro-7 is a state-of the-art process that includes reverse osmosis and other filtering methods. It removes things like chlorides, salts and other substances that can affect a water's taste. That's how we can ensure that you'll get a clean, pure taste every time you open a bottle of Aquafina."

The Hydro-7 filtration process is explained in detail on the Aquafina website, but given the lack of regulation or studies happening the bottled water industry, it's hard to know just how much is filtered in this seven-step process. Purity aside, critics of the bottled water industry argue that all those bottles add plastic to landfills and require a lot of energy to produce and ship, which is much more harmful than just bottling from the tap.

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jenlove jenlove 10 years
i used to be bad with drinking water bottles all the time. i always recycled..but now i'm trying to minimize my impact on the environment so for about a year now i use my brita and a nalgene bottle. i bought a brita jug for home and work so its super easy. i very rarely buy bottled water now which makes me feel better and its cheaper!
Jennifer_2sugar Jennifer_2sugar 10 years
Yea, I was at a hotel last week and my father got a bottle of aquafina and the lady at the desk said "now you know thats tap water right?" I was actually kind of confused but now I understand a bit better ;)
LadyBug13 LadyBug13 10 years
I don't have a particular brand of bottled water that I like, but I do know that I can't stand Deer Park.
MallRat MallRat 10 years
While it's true that the water comes from a public water source, it is then further purified, through 7 additional steps I think I read. Seems pretty clean to me- definitely cleaner than the DC water that comes out of the tap here! I keep a water filter at home, but do used bottled water when I'm out and about. I will continue to drink Aquafina actually (and recycle, always of course!)
mizz_jennii mizz_jennii 10 years
All your paying for is the plastic bottle/cap and the stupid little label! Invest in a Brita water filter and a reusable watter bottle (Nalgene).
ktacce ktacce 10 years
sometimes i have a huge adversion to tap water and sometimes i like it better depending on where i am. i hate DC water, Perth Australia water, Martha's Vineyard water, but i LOVE Charlotte, Durham, and NYC water. So weird. When I hate the water I grab a brita, or put ice in the water. Ice helps A LOT to combat taste.
Ikandy Ikandy 10 years
I really hate tap water, I can totally taste the chlorine. Im sure Aquafina (PepsiCo.) isnt the first to do this. Sooo effin wrong.
monica117 monica117 10 years
Buying bottled water is so expensive, and with the environmental waste, I always drink tap. Unless I am treating myself to sparkling! Plus I have to get my fluoride on!
bugness bugness 10 years
In Memphis, our tap water tastes AWESOME, and I actually don't like spring water, so if it has to be bottled water, I like Dasani and Aquafina, because it tastes like our tap water. I pretty much knew that it was the same water. I reuse bottles all the time.
lorenashley lorenashley 10 years
not at all surprised. i hope this hurts the sales of their water. i buy bottled water every now and then, and refill it will tap.
cowgirlredd cowgirlredd 10 years
i grew up with well water, which tastes great, but i've always been suspect of tap water, and i worry about the effects of flouride, especially on women and their reproductive systems. so much as i feel guilty about the money i spend and the waste i generate, prefer to drink bottled water. but dasani and aquafina have always grossed me out. yuk.
pixelhaze pixelhaze 10 years
I think you can get used to the taste too. In high school I HATED Dasani water, but that was the only water vending machine we had. I actually hated all bottled waters because even though some other ones tasted better, I could taste the plastic from the bottle itself. Now I don't though. Go figure.
jules1033 jules1033 10 years
Aquafina and Dasani taste terrible. There is *such* a difference between them and the spring water brands. Brita water even tastes better than Aquafina and Dasani. I like sparkling water better than both!
mellie_608 mellie_608 10 years
I admit, we go to Costco and buy cases of bottled water, but we are slowly trying to make the change by using our Brita filter more and filling it up in reusable bottles. I felt compelled to change after doing some research and reading a few of these articles. Check them out for yourself: Christian Science Monitor - - -
Jivespeaker Jivespeaker 10 years
Hey Fit - I read that Dasani is like this also and their rebute is that they state on the bottle that is it 'purified'. What exactly does that mean? Is it run through RO systems? Just add minerals? Any idea? I happen to love Dasani, but don't purchase it that often. So this was a bummer to read. I think it's a good thing though for those that *only* drink bottled H2O. I typically just drink RO water when at home and filter water from my refillable water bottle at work.
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
i use tap water. i fill up a reusable bottle (nalgene or a metal one) with water the night before and stick it in the fridge then its cold in the morning to take to class with me. i refill it at university througout the day as well.
Desirella Desirella 10 years
I re-use plastic bottles. Currently, I love the style of the arrowhead sportshead bottles(although I find arrowhead water disgusting) and I keep one for months at a time while frequently washing it of course. I just fill it up with water at home which is sparkletts and head out the door, and that only takes a few seconds more than grabbing a new bottle of water everytime I head out and it's more enviroment friendly.
DietsInReview DietsInReview 10 years
Just use a Brita! save the plastic...
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
The only water that is not tap water is water that says spring water, bottled at whatever source.
GrapeBubbleGum GrapeBubbleGum 10 years
I'm not surprised. I don't have a problem with tap water anyway...I usually just drink tap. I do try to use my Nalgene as much as possible. When i DO buy water in bottles, I usually re-use the bottles a few times and then recycle them.
beachinit19 beachinit19 10 years
i stop drinking that a LONG time ago. i use to dump the water out and jus use the bottle for filtered water. people thought i was weird but i kno tap from filter. i drink dasani.
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