Secret is out:Pepsico water is tap water!

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  1. The secret is out -- bottler gets its water from the Missouri River
    By Michael D. Sorkin

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    Here is the story.

    Following pressure from activists, Pepsico disclosed last week that its
    Aquafina bottled water comes from the same source as tap water.

    Here, Aquafina has expanded its operations at the site of a former General
    Motors auto plant in north St. Louis. Aquafina says it buys water here from
    the city's water treatment plant.

    So the water in a 20-ounce bottle of Aquafina that sells for $1.25 comes<script></script>
    from the Missouri River.

    St. Louis officials calculate that residents can buy about 10 gallons of
    city water for 1.5 cents.

    Consumers spent $15 billion last year on bottled water, according to
    Beverage Digest. By one estimate, that's more than 27 gallons per American.

    Will Aquafina's disclosure about its source hurt bottled-water sales?

    Barbara Roche hopes so, at least in her little corner of the world.

    Sister Barbara is president of Nerinx Hall, a girls Catholic high school in
    Webster Groves. By the time school opens later this month, the cafeteria's
    two water bottle machines will be gone and the school will have handed each
    of its 620 students her own plastic water bottle.

    "We are working toward our students not purchasing bottled water," Sister
    Barbara says. "We want to encourage them to go to the water fountain and
    fill their bottle with cold water."

    The school is educating students about what goes into producing each bottle
    - the energy, the cost of transportation and the plastic. And Sister
    Barbara hopes the students will become better consumers.

    "I want them to think about how much it is costing to pay for what they
    could get for free," she says.

    Pepsico isn't happy with such talk.

    "Aquafina is not tap water," says spokesman Dave DeCecco.

    He complained that the company "got crushed" in news stories last week
    about Aquafina's disclosure. A late-night comedian compared the bottled
    stuff to water from a garden hose.

    "People thought we were opening up water faucets and putting it in
    Aquafina," DeCecco says. "That's just not the case."

    Aquafina labels say all bottled water is not the same. The company points
    to its "HydRO-7" purification process that removes substances in tap water
    that can affect the taste.

    Its label describes Aquafina as "Pure water - perfect taste / purified<script></script>
    drinking water."

    Pepsico said last week it will change its labels. "We said that we would
    say that the water originated from public water sources," DeCecco says.

    But he says the company hasn't decided what the new wording will say - or
    when consumers would see it.

    Some smaller brands of water, such as Perrier, do come from springs.

    But Pepsico's Aquafina and Coke's Dasani dominate the industry. Their
    plants get water from whatever the local water source is, says John Sicher,
    editor of Beverage Digest.

    Most bottled water buyers don't know that, says Gigi Kellett of Corporate
    Accountability International. For two years, the group's Think Outside the
    Bottle campaign pressured Aquafina to disclose the sources of its water.

    The group sponsored blind taste tests, asking consumers to compare bottled
    and tap water - and it gleefully says that few could tell the difference.

    Bottled water companies use a so-called reverse osmosis process to strip
    out impurities, so the water is as pure as water can be.

    The point is, it's water, says Daniel Giammar.

    He's an assistant professor of civil engineering at Washington University
    and an expert in aquatic chemistry. He has long argued that those who buy
    bottled water may be wasting their money. Any difference with tap is
    negligible, he says.

    He doesn't criticize bottled water, which he describes as safe.

    But so, he adds, is tap water: "It's very safe."

    Maybe the students at Nerinx Hall will provide a clue as to how consumers
    will react to the Bottled Water Controversy.

    "We'll see when they find out that the bottled-water machines are gone,"
    Sister Barbara says. | 314-340-8347
  2. There's a pepsico factory about a mile away from here lol
  3. I love the dumbasses who actually buy it AND think it's better than tap
  4. I don't get tapped water at my place, I have an electric pump that provides good spring water, and Dasani is the same thing, the sell those at ball games for like 3-5 bucks per bottle.
  5. Personally I don't really mind, I'm not into that whole brand water thing. If its H20 and it doesn't taste bad I'll drink it.

    I usually only drink water(and liquor), and could care less if its figi, poland springs, or tap water. Depends on how thirsty I am.

    However, given the choice between tap and filtered/spring I'd go with the latter, but I don't see it as the end of the world if I had to drink tap.
  6. Hearing this news made me feel cheated.
  7. We have the safest drinking water in the world US/Canada, yet we consume the most bottled water. Just drink tap water and get off the company advertising scams.

  8. ya its all tap water - even the damn bottled water thats suppose to be pure
  9. It's not JUST tap water, it's filtered tap water.

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