Lisa Ledwidge, 38, of Minneapolis, stopped drinking bottled water a couple of years ago, partly because she found out that many brands come from a municipal supply. “You’re spending more per gallon than you would on gasoline for this thing that you can get out of the tap virtually for free,” she says. “I wondered, Why am I spending this money while complaining about how much gas costs? But you don’t ever hear anyone complain about the price of bottled water.” Ledwidge says she now drinks only filtered tap water.
Water aside, the plastic used in single-use bottles can pose more of a contamination threat than the water. A safe plastic if used only once, #1 polyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE) is the most common resin used in disposable bottles. However, as #1 bottles are reused, as they commonly are, they can leach chemicals such as DEHA, a possible human carcinogen, and benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP), a potential hormone disruptor. And because the plastic is porous you'll likely get a swill of harmful bacteria with each gulp if you reuse the bottles.
Its dual functionality allows it to act as a portable filter as well. It will strip all the bad stuff out of your water, like chlorine, bacteria, and heavy metals. So you get all the good stuff in your water and none of the unhealthy stuff that comes out of your tap. Your water will taste much fresher and will have a revitalizing effect. You can rest assured that you are putting only healthy, wholesome minerals into your body. How do you know it works? The pH balance test kit included allows you to check the pH of your water after you filter it!