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It’s so darn hot, that I bet you’re drinking a cold one right now. No, not a beer, I mean a refreshing bottle of water. You know, the water that claims it’s “pure” and from a “mountain spring.”

Americans in general, and Arizonans in particular (especially during the summer months), are never far from their bottled water. We won’t leave the house without one and most of us have very little use for water that’s coming out of the tap.

Hey, I think there might be a message for us in our next bottle of water, so read closely when you unfold the little piece of paper that says, “Bottled water is the scam of the century. Drink up.”

Does an industry that rakes in over $300 billion worldwide a year need a little oversight? Why are we paying 100 to 1,000 times more for bottled water versus tap water? Convenience is not cheap!

Well, I guess according to new reports flooding the media (no pun intended), our beloved bottled water contains nothing more than a bunch of promises and lies. Our tap water adheres to stricter purity standards!

If you don’t believe me, just get on the computer and search for “bottled water fraud” and you will be shocked at what you’re about to discover. From scientific investigations to the EPA reports, bottled water is nothing more than a gimmick.

Over half of all bottled water starts out as ordinary tap water. Mountain spring water may be coming from wells underneath industrial facilities! The only thing that FDA does is make sure that the bottling procedures are sanitary. Yikes, what the heck have we been drinking?

The EPA tests show that sometimes bottled water is not even treated as much as city water, and we’d be surprised to find out exactly what it is we’re drinking! One researcher posted on his website, “Spell Evian backwards and what do you get?”

A man in California plans on opening a “bottled air” company. He will sell small plastic bottles of “pure air” so that when you open the cap, the pure air mingles with your polluted air, causing the air around you to become clean. Of course, there is not one shred of science to back this up, nor does he disclose where his “pure oxygen” is coming from, but he will probably get rich on this brilliant scheme.

The problem with bottled water goes beyond the questionable product claims. Ninety-five percent of all those little plastic bottles end up in landfills. Or in the stomachs of fish and wildlife!

Americans throw away enough plastic bottles to hold eight billion gallons of water a year. It’s the environmental nightmare that’s going to leave one big mess for our kids to deal with. We need to change our ways!

Thirsty? Take a sip from the good old faucet, try a drink from the well, get out the reusable sport bottle and beware of anything that claims to be “pure.” Better yet, try a cold beer and drink up!

Judy Bluhm is a writer and a local realtor. Have a comment or a story? Email Judy at