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    If someone is selling bottled tap water we have a right to know. Fortunately, we in Minneapolis have some of the best tap water in the country, no need to waste money on bottled water.
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    I worked in the soft drink industry about 20 years ago and in some cases that's exactly what it is. However, it has been filtered and in most cases filtered to the extreme. There's always accepted levels of "contaminates" but it is my experience, and I've worked for a few different companies, these "contaminates" are nonexistant. That was twenty years ago. I'm sure they have come a long way since then with even better filtering. Most that actually come from springs, list them. In my opinion while it is nice to know, as far as a safety concern, it's a waste of time. The plastic bottles are far more potentially harmful than the contents.
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    @Nemesis3X
    I'm thinking more about getting your money's worth than contamination. And, don't you think it's mostly those plastic bottles we're paying for in most cases?
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    @sosmpls I agree, it's just water. You are more or less paying for the plastic bottle. A smart person would just buy one and reuse it, or better yet, but an aluminum one that is darker and let's no light in and is easily cleanable.
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    @sosmpls I'd say labor, equipment and transportation being the top three. I could be wrong, it's been awhile. If it is tap water, they'd have to pay the municipality for the water.
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    @Nemesis3X A lot of them good springs may disappear once fracking has consumed the whole country. But the GOP says hey don't worry those chemicals are harmless.
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    It sounds a lot like the warning signs people want to put on sugary drinks, yes? I'm okay with any of it, I like being able to access information on what I am buying and consuming...
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    Any time you don't see the product you intend to consume manufactured before your eyes, then you should be given complete information about how it was made, when, where, and with what ingredients.
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    Note: It says "The 'Republican' rep". Funny how just before an election, all sorts of concern by the Republican's seems to sprout up. So, it's not a problem to cut school lunch standards, but we've got to make sure the bottled water is OK? More Republican pretzel logic.

    Of course, in North Carolina, there's no telling what companies like Duke Energy are dumping in the water. I wouldn't drink it either.

    Remember. The companies selling this 'water' have to give the perception that they have done something to it to make it better than the ordinary water the 'common, and uninformed' folks drink. And having another regulation in place is a great way for the government to collect another fee. Looks to me like a Republican is trying to 'out Democrat' a Democrat. Must have been watching the Thad Cochran primary, and she's trying to go after some stray Democratic votes.:-).
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    The only time I ever buy bottled water is on a road trip or flying, other than that I drink water from a reverse osmosis unit I had installed in my home a few years back, I almost never by water.
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    I guess I couldn't really care what they do, I think we have much bigger fish to fry than wasting our time on BS
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    There is nothing "questionable" about bottled water as Mr. Mark claims in this article.

    The Bottled Water Quality Information Act (HR 4978) is a bi-partisan bill that will provide consumers with uniform information about the quality and safety of their bottled water products. All packaged food and beverage products, including bottled water, already have extensive labeling requirements. This legislation will codify the bottled water industry’s current additional efforts to ensure transparency and continue its commitment to have the highest quality standards.

    And, there is no confusion about what's in a bottle of bottled water. Bottled water labels are already required to provide consumers with information such as the name and address of the manufacturer or distributor and a statement of identity that defines the type of bottled water product. And, virtually all bottled water products already include a telephone number or website address on the label for consumers to use if they wish to obtain additional information about the product.

    Bottled water is comprehensively regulated by the FDA as a packaged food product. By federal law, the FDA regulations governing the safety and quality of bottled water must be at least as stringent as the EPA standards for tap water. And, in some very important cases like lead, coliform bacteria, and E. coli, bottled water regulations are more stringent.

    To learn more about bottled water, readers can visit www.bottledwater.org .

    More and more, consumers are choosing water, and bottled water, instead of less-healthy packaged drinks. That's not being conned into anything; that's making a healthy choice, and one that should be encouraged.

    Instead of quoting from old anti-bottled water articles, it would be more helpful to provide Politix readers with useful information about bottled water and explaining what HR 4978 actually does.
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    Seriously- watch the documentary Tapped. They interview the FDA department in charge of regulating bottled water- it's one person. If water is bottled and sold all within the same state there is no regulation. If it is bottled and sold across state lines- the companies must SELF REPORT the tests on their water something like once or twice a year. Municipal water sources are constantly tested throughout the day at various source points. Bottled water is garbage- and there is NO WAY for you to know about it.
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    SmarterThanYou - I'll take you word on your bottled water claims, even though it appears that someone from the 'industry' posted claims about the 'safety'.(post #34)

    I only drink it when no other water is available. BUT your point about SELF REPORTING IS ABSOLUTELY WORTH CONSIDERATION. Look at how well 'self reporting' has worked for the food industry, and for pipeline oil leaks. Oops..... Not so well.
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    SmarterThanYou - As someone who spent years in industrial safety, and is very familiar with companies 'cutting corners', I wouldn't be so quick to believe ANY SELF REPORTING. A good friend of mine lost his job, and a promotion, because he refused to disable water quality sensors when compiling test results on their waste water. I also completed tracking programs for a major airbag manufacturer. They instituted these programs out of the fear of lawsuits. Almost every company I've seen weighs the economic loss against the cost of 'fixing' the problem. Once the 'loss' becomes too great, they MAY address it. However, some don't even do it then. They simply declare bankruptcy, and go out of business. A good example of one recently is Freedom Industries.

    Many advocates of bottled watter would say that the municipal water issue in Charleston, WV, is a great reason for bottled water. Maybe they're right. And where does a lot of bottled water start out? Hint: Your local municipal water supply.:-).
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    most bottled water is pumped stright from the river by-passing filters into the bottel drink up america
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    PNWest, the most impartial and bipartisan poster on Politix is happy to support this proposal which shows that occasionally republicans can do something good for the American people (even if she only supports it because her corporate owners told her to).
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    Information is vital to make good choices.

    Many people feel thier water supplies are inferior to bottled water.

    This just might encourage people to drink thier own tap water....in places that it is perfectly fine to drink it.
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    I don't know.....I want to know what IS in bottled water.....and why do most bottles specifically say "drinking water".....what else is it supposed to be? That is why one would buy the bottles of water right?
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    @Knightkore I think they calk it drinking water due to the "natural mineral enhancement" spin. Gallon water the same way, however I know I need distilled for my ironing, vaporizer/humidifier, and oxygen machines can only use that type. Still not sure about the spring water deal tho.
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    @Knightkore It's my understanding that purified and distilled may not be suitable for drinking, primarily because of bacteria though distilled may have other negative effects.
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    industry never ever wants you to know what they are really selling because then sales, prices and profits would plummet.
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    In the very near future I will be releasing Healthy Huffin' Brand fresh canned breathing air to the public. Just pop the top and breath in the healthy wholesome goodness! I already have the labels ready. The list of ingredients are:

    Nitrogen, Oxygen, Argon, Carbon dioxide, Neon, Helium, Methane (CH4), Krypton, Hydrogen, and Xenon.

    Remember you'll be in Huffin' Heaven when you huff Healthy Huffin' Brand breathing air.
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    06Jul14.....The buying and selling of ' bottled water ' is nothing more than a paranoid money game. The best drinking water still comes from the TAP....just as it did for your daddy and grand pappy.....BobLoblah
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    Amazing that Ellmers' all of a sudden has concern for her constituents. She hasn't had any concern the entire time she has been in Washington. Always voting for whatever the party wants her to even though she freely admits that it's going to be detrimental to the people who put her in office. It's really bad when Roche talks freely after the primary election and says she refused to debate him because she doesn't know the issues.
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