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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Letter: Bottled versus tap water

  • I just finished reading Lynn Youngblood's article entitled “No guilt – tap water just as healthy as bottled water.”
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  • To the editor:
    I just finished reading Lynn Youngblood's article entitled "No guilt – tap water just as healthy as bottled water." I fully realize that this appeared on the Opinion Page of the newspaper, but that does not give Ms. Youngblood the freedom to write statements that are completely false. In her article she writes "both Pepsi's "Aquafina," and Coca-Cola's "Dasani" are essentially bottles filled with tap water from their distribution plants." This is simply not true! If Ms. Youngblood would have read the label on these bottles prior to writing her article, she would have known that both companies use the process of Reverse Osmosis in their bottling process and would therefore meet her definition of "Purified Water." The Total Dissolved Solids of both AquaFina and Dasani bottled water are under 10 parts per million. Tap water in the City of Leavenworth generally tests over 200 parts per million.
    I do agree with her opinion that buying bottled water is wasteful and the associated plastic bottles are taking years to break down in our landfills. That is why my family has invested in a Reverse Osmosis drinking water system for our home as it provides high quality water without the waste of plastic bottles.

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