Corporation’s Bottled Water Scam: 3 Minutes Reading of Repulsive Truth

Corporation’s Bottled Water Scam: 3 Minutes Reading of Repulsive Truth

In some places, tap water isn’t safe to drink yet, making them vulnerable to bottled water scam. In some developing countries, like Indonesia, you can’t just take a sip of tap water to hydrate yourself, simply because the water isn’t clean enough for consumption. Of course you can always sterilize your water until it’s safe to drink, but it might be time consuming and money wasting for some people. That’s where corporations came out to play, they carry out the hassle for you. They sterilize water, pack it in a bottles or gallons, and deliver it to your home, all they ask is your money.

However, bottled water can be a suspicious business, a scam with a mask of legitimate business. One can simply put boiled tap water in a bottle and advertise it as “fresh from the mountain”, or has the perfect PH level, while they charge you 1$ each. It could happen anytime to anybody, but we just didn’t realized that because we were too busy enjoying the conveniency of bottled water, in your house and on the go.

How Bottled Water Can Deceive You

Bottled water first commercialized in Boston, 1760s. When a company called “Jackson’s Spa” put mineral water into bottles and sold it for “therapeutic” purposes. That’s what corporations do, they took tap water, put it in a bottle an label it something special, when in reality it just went through further process or tested for safety. The funny thing is, tap water is also typically tested for quality and contamination more frequently than bottled water. The Environmental Protection Agency is responsible for conducting those tests.

Then again, the quality of tap water is different based on where you live, unsafe tap water contains either arsenic or uranium with intolerable amount. This is what bottled water corporations took advantages of, people is afraid of what they could find in their tap water, in which we can’t do much about it. When it comes to taste, people can’t even tell the difference between tap water and bottled water. Also, we shouldn’t forget that making bottled water is an extensive, resource-heavy process.

Bottled water made in a factory which consumers know so little about where it actually came from

Image taken from Farmers Weekly, So you want to… Sell bottled water? by Lauren Harris, September 10th 2020

Those tap-water-sourced bottled water scam is about 45% of the entire bottled water there is. The other 55% came from falsely advertised “spring water”. It is the water that naturally flows to the surface from underground or is pumped from a bore hole in the ground. However, some bottled water corporations falsely advertise the location of their spring water source. For example, one can say that their spring water came from New Zealand, but in reality, it might came from spring water from the local mountain.

Other terms, such as “glacier water” and “mountain water” is no different. Brands that using these terms may not necessarily source water from the pristine environments they use for advertising. Corporations that caught using these dishonest method of trade faced multiple lawsuits, ended with the corporations paying millions in settlements while maintaining that the claims were all false. Then again, it is not their responsibility to disclose the source of their bottled water.

Plastic bottles are typically used once and then disposed of (even worse, some household re-use the plastic bottle to contain drinking water). Unfortunately, according to national geographic, for every six water bottles Americans use, only one makes it to the recycle bin, bottled water is quite indeed harmful for the environment.

To know more about the current situation on water sector post-COVID19, you can read: 3 COVID-19 Impacts on Water Sector for Sanitation and the Emergency Response

Nestle Bottled Water Scandal

So companies doesn’t look as honest as they look outside, a couple of foul plays is in hands to make profits in these bottled water business. Nestle is no exception, the corporation faced a couple of lawsuits thanks to their actions of fraud. They once face a lawsuit over its Poland Spring water brand in the US, after a federal judge rejected the company’s attempt to dismiss claims that they trick consumers by filling Poland Spring water bottles with ordinary groundwater nowhere in or near Poland.

Consumers from eight US states has won their claims that Nestle trick them into overpaying for Poland Spring water by labeling it as “100% Natural Spring Water”, although  not even one drop of it came from a genuine legal spring. Nestle tried to defend their claims by saying that their bottled water “met the state requirements”, which of course, doesn’t help their case.

Another one came from one of Nestle’s bottled water brand “Arrowhead”, famously absorbs 45 million gallons of spring water off California’s Strawberry Creek in 2018, taking more than the sufficient amount, completely drying or significantly reducing the water levels of connecting creeks which locals were dependent on.


Nestle faces suit over bottled-water fraud: report by MarketWatch, March 29th 2019

Why bottled water is one of the biggest scams of the century by Anaele Pelisson, October 2nd 2020

The Bottled Water Industry Is A Scam: Here’s Why by The Goodfor Company

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