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Do we need bottled water?
The bottled water warning is that not only does the water contain
other ingredients, the plastic isn't healthy for you or the
environment either. Certainly bottled water has a place in the
prepper community for long term storage for the day when clean
water may not be available; however for every day use, bottled
water is not necessary. It is a demand wholly manufactured by
the soda companies, and not a true need for everyday.

  • Bottled water costs more than 2000 times tap water!  

  • 80% of bottles end up in landfills in India (they are down

  • A third of all bottled water comes from tap water!

  • Learn the story of bottled water! Protect your wallet, your
    health and the planet. Consider the poignant ideas in this
    eight-minute video which discusses the truth about how
    bottled water came about.

Big Berkey Water Filtration System
The only way to get out all the unnecessary sodium, chlorine,
fluoride and other chemicals in your bottled water is to filter it.
An excellent filter is the Big Berkey Water filter, pictured left. The
Big Berkey water filter gets rid of the impurities so your water
tastes great. That's the reason they add sodium in bottled water,
because after they filter it, the water is left tasteless. Not so
with the Big Berkey. Read what others have to say by clicking the
Amazon link right.

This powerful system purifies both treated water and untreated
raw water from such sources as remote lakes, streams, stagnant
ponds and water supplies in foreign countries, where regulations
may be substandard at best. Perfect for everyday use, outdoor
activities and a must in hostile environments where electricity,
water pressure or treated water may not be available. The Big
Berkey system removes pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites
entirely and extracts harmful chemicals such as herbicides,
pesticides, VOCs, organic solvents, radon 222 and
trihalomethanes. It also reduces nitrates, nitrites and unhealthy
minerals such as lead and mercury.

More bottled water warnings...

  • Bottled water in your car is a dangerous thing! Never
    leave bottled water in a car to overheat, because an
    overheated bottle will release dioxins into your water and
    dioxins are unhealthy to drink. The highly toxic compound of
    dioxins released into your water may cause cancer (it's been
    linked to breast cancer. Incidentally, here's how to survive
    cancer with natural alternatives).

  • Don't re-use the empty bottled water containers or soda
    containers. They were designed for one-use only. Every time
    you crinkle that bottle you release microscopic plastic
    particles into your drinking water (those nasty dioxins that
    cause cancer.) Don't leave water to boil in your car for the
    same reasons.

  • Price! It's easy for a family of four to spend $50 a month on
    bottled water. Imagine the savings amounting to more than
    $600 a year from skipping the bottled water and you'll see
    how buying a Big Berkey will actually save you money in the
    long run!

In the end, it's good to know that tap water has more tests
performed on it than bottled water by Federal rule. Tap water
gets tested for hundreds of compounds everyday. When you use
tap water with a
Big Berkey water filtration system, then you will
truly find the pure refreshing water you really want.  

Happy endings...
Be happy and selective in the bottled water you ingest and serve
to your family. Water is life and there's more to your bottled
water than just water.

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  • Smartwater (Glaceau, a Coca Cola company). Maybe
    SmartWater isn't so smart after all. It is water with
    electrolytes, which sounds good, but here's what you'll find
    in your SmartWater: "Vapor Distilled Water, Calcium Chloride
    and Magnesium Chloride and Potassium Bicarbonate
    (electrolyte sources*) *electrolytes added for taste." Sounds
    tasty doesn't it? According to Wikipedia, "Magnesium
    chloride is a type of pharmaceutical preparation of
    magnesium." The word "harm" is in pharmaceutical should
    give you a clue. It is a drug! You are being medicated.
    What's more, Smartwater is not good for people who have
    kidney problems who must avoid products with too much
    water. Is that so smart to add ingredients to the water?
    While magnesium chloride in natural forms are healthy
    (you'll find it in cocoa, halibut, mackerel, boiled spinach and
    almonds, for example), there is a toxicity of pharmacological
    doses. Magnesium-chloride may have side effects, which may
    include diarrhea and allergic reactions, such as rash and
    hives, difficulty breathing and more.
Essentia claims it has a PH of 9.5. Guess where the pH comes
from? It's baking soda! That's right:
sodium bicarbonate. You can
achieve the same results for far less at home. Just add 1/4
teaspoon of baking soda to your filtered tap water (we
recommend a Big Berkey Water filter). Baking soda will certainly
increase your pH levels, and a
baking soda supplement is good
idea if you want to survive cancer, but why should you
unknowingly medicate yourself? Better to measure the baking
soda yourself and make sure you're using Bob's Redmill.

The only way to get clean drinking water is to filter it yourself.
For preppers, the top choice for water filtration in every day
drinking water is a
Big Berkey. Bottled water is great for
emergencies or as a convenient backup, but for everyday drinking
water you really must filter it yourself to free yourself from
contaminants contained in tap water.

Bottled Water Varieties
Here are the facts about purified water, distilled water, artesian
water, and spring water:

  • Purified Drinking Water: Purified Drinking Water is water
    from any source that is processed. It's mechanically cleaned
    water for consumption. The water may had impurities
    removed; however, there is no regulation what the
    manufacturer may be adding back into the water, including

  • Distilled Water: Distilled Water has impurities removed
    through the process of distillation, which involves boiling
    water and condensing the steam into water. This leaves the
    contaminants behind. Distillation produces the most pure
    water. And unless you're in California, the manufacturer
    doesn't have to disclose its’ source of water.

  • Artesian Water: Artesian water is groundwater under
    positive pressure. Fiji Water is one such brand.  Fiji water
    draws from an underground aquifer and this water goes
    directly into the bottle, untouched by a human!

  • Spring Water. Spring water is essentially ground water.
    Specifically, natural spring water is underground water held
    in soil and impervious rocks. Evian is a brand of natural
    spring water.

Brands of Waters with Added Chemicals
Beware of the chemicals lurking in your bottled water:

  • Aquafina (Pepsi). The label on Pepsi brand Aquafina water
    reads "Demineralized treated water, ozone." It's a fancy way
    of saying "tap water." Aquafina is filtered tap water!

  • Demineralized treated water. Aquafina originates
    from public water sources. Pepsi then purifies the water
    through a rigorous, seven-step purification process
    called HydRO-7 and adds ozone. That's a lot of fancy
    talk. Reverse osmosis is part of that process and the
    water gets ultraviolet treatment. To get to the point:
    Aquafina is water from a public water source. Yes, that
    means you're paying for tap water that they filter.

  • ozone. Aquafina has a final treatment before bottling:
    it passes through an ozonated water tank temporarily
    turning O2 into O3. Ozone is activated oxygen, where
    an extra atom released into the water, which oxidizes
    the final contaminants in the water, and converts back
    to 02. Ozone is anti-microbiological agent intended to
    disinfect or sterilize the water. The method of
    ozonation is toxic to most waterborne organisms -- it
    gets rid of harmful protozoa in the water.

  • Dasani: (Coca Cola) The Dasani label reads "purified water
    enhanced with minerals for a pure, fresh taste." Dasani
    starts off in the right direction by bottling water from the
    Coca Cola Company plant. Then they add magnesium
    sulfate, potassium chloride, and salt. Let's break that down:

  • magnesium sulfate is an inorganic salt made up of
    magnesium, sulfur and oxygen. The common name for
    magnesium sulfate is Epsom salt. Always talk with a
    physician before using Epsom salt, as this drug may
    interact with other medications.

  • potassium chloride is a chemical compound of
    potassium and chlorine, which is used as a fertilizer,
    and even as a fire extinguishing agent!

  • salt. Dasani claims they add a negligible amount of
    sodium minerals added. Yes, that's unnecessary sodium
    in your bottled water!

    A curious side-note about Dasani water is that on a 12-oz
    bottle the calories are 0, but on a 20-oz bottle the calories
    or 2 for a 12-oz serving. We've found no explanation for this

  • Dannon Fluoride To Go Water. Remarkably marketed at
    children, the fluoride version of their water is not even on
    the Dannon Web site. It contains 23.0 mcg fluoride per
    serving. Learn why fluoride is not beneficial. Here is the

  • Nestle PureLife Water. Nestle PureLife water begins as
    filtered water (reverse osmosis or distillation), then they add
    minerals and call it "purified water."  The minerals Nestle
    adds includes calcium chloride, sodium bicarbonate and
    magnesium sulfate. That's a slightly different set of
    chemicals than Dasani for sure. Is Nestle water bad for you?

  • calcium chloride. Calcium chloride is an inorganic
    compound of salt of calcium and chlorine. It's a food
    additive commonly used in sports drinks as an
    electrolyte. Is calcium chloride bad for you in water?
    Yes! Calcium chloride is an acid and your body needs
    more alkaline. Very few people are too alkaline. People
    who have a diet and lifestyle producing alkaline levels
    in their blood and urine, generally avoid cancer. What's
    more, calcium chloride has seven harmful effects.

  • sodium bicarbonate: is a chemical compound of The
    common name for sodium bicarbonate (also called
    sodium hydrogen) is baking soda.

  • magnesium sulfate: Magnesium sulfate is an inorganic
    salt. In other words, it's a man-made chemical
    compound. It is Epsom Salt! Talk with a physician
    before using, as Epsom salt may interact with other
Bottled Water Warning!
Beware about what's lurking in your bottled water

Beware of what's lurking in your bottled water! If you're the kind who thought
drinking tap water was bad for you, then heed this bottled water warning. Not all
bottled waters were created equal. There's more than water in your water.

Bottled Water Dangers!
Avoid Aquafina. Ditch the Dasani and Dannon Fluoride Water.
Stay pure and steer clear of Nestle PureLife Water! Finally, be
smart and avoid the Smartwater! Bottled water may be
dangerous to your health.

You see, bottled water companies claim to purify your water, but
really they add back extra ingredients to the water.

Not only are you paying too much for bottled water, but it can be
down right dangerous to drink both in the short term and the long
term. What kind of dangers?
E.Coli, arsenic, and more! You'll be
surprised to know that most of the bottled water out there is
really just tap water that they "flavor" with chemicals! If you
must drink bottled water, read the label, it just may scare the
S#*T out of you.

No matter what kind of bottled water you have, know this...

  • Man-made chemical salts may lurk in your water.
    According to the book, 1001 Facts that will Scare the S#*T
    out of you, author Cary McNeal says " how bottled water
    may include "arsenic, nitrates carcinogenic components and
    coliform bacteria," and cites the National Resources Defense
    Council ( as the source of this information.
    The book also explains how approximately 40% of all bottled
    water is tap water and has not been treated at all.
    Manufacturers simply re-package tap water.

    Concerned about bacteria, read on...

    The following waters were recalled for the E. Coli scare:
  • 7-11
  • Acadia
  • Acme
  • Best Yet
  • Big Y
  • Nature's Place
  • Pricerite
  • Shaws
  • Shoprite
  • Superchill
  • Morning Fresh
  • Niagara
  • Wegman's
  • Western Beef Blue

Not all bottled waters were created equal.
When you buy bottled water you may be buying water with
chemicals added. Do you need or want pharmaceuticals in your
water? And purified drinking water bottled by manufacturers is
not as "pure" as you may think. While it may start as purified
water, manufactures add chemical agents to "enhance" the flavor.
You may be drinking
Epsom salt, baking soda, or sodium and not
even know it. And those are the good ingredients!
Fluoride does
not belong in water and yet it show up in bottled water too.

The only way to ensure your water does not have chemicals is to
filter your own water! Right is the Mini Berkey Travel Water
filtration system.

Chemicals found in Essentia Water
Take a look at expensive Essentia water, pictured right, which
starts off with purified water then adds a host of things to your
water, including sodium bicarbonate, dipotassium phosphate,
magnesium sulfate, and calcium chloride.  Here is the actual
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