You may think of Pepsi as another soda brand, competing with Coca Cola and other big names in the market for sales of their popular cola. However, it may surprise you to learn that Pepsi sells much more than its namesake.
When choosing a bottled water, it’s important to know what you’re actually getting.
Some bottled water companies have been criticized for misrepresenting the source of the water they sell. Read on to learn more about bottled water and what you’re really getting with each purchase.
Aquafina by Pepsi
PepsiCo introduced a new product—bottled water—in 1994. The brand name is Aquafina, and it didn’t take long before bottles of this water were being sold across the United States and internationally.
By 2006, Aquafina was making more than $2 billion for PepsiCo annually.
There was some controversy, however, when the company admitted in 2007 that the water they had been selling was nothing more than purified tap water.
Since then, the labels on Aquafina bottles have read that the water comes from a public water source.
Dasani by Coca Cola
Another top cola brand, Coca Cola, also sells bottled water. You can find Dasani bottles practically everywhere water is sold.
In 2004, Coca Cola had the same scandal with their bottled water that would find PepsiCo in 2007.
It was discovered that Dasani is tap water that has been further filtered and comes from the same source as the water from your faucet.
Which bottled water companies use tap water?
In addition to Dasani and Aquafina, some other bottled water brands that are sourced from public water supplies include:
- Smart Water
- Deja Blue (sold by Dr. Pepper)
- All Nestlé Pure Life Purified Drinking water.
Tap Water and the Types of Bottled Water
So, what’s the big deal with bottled water companies selling purified tap water? What’s the difference?
Tap water comes from public water sources and undergoes one of a few basic filtration processes.
One of these is flocculation, which adds chemicals to the water that causes particles to float to the top so they can be removed from the water.
Another process is sand filtration, which is used to sift out larger pieces of debris in the water.
A third option for filtration is chlorination, which uses chlorine added to the water to kill microorganisms and bacteria that could potentially harm anyone who drinks them.
Sometimes tap water is unsafe to drink, such as if it becomes contaminated by lead that can be found in water pipes. If your tap water has lead or other toxic components, it is safer to drink bottled water.
Some bottled waters are sourced from natural springs, such as Poland Spring water.
Spring water comes from underground and often does not have the same level of debris that can be found in the rivers, lakes, and reservoirs that source most of our tap water.
Distilled water can be bought by the gallon at almost any grocery store and is another safe alternative to tap water.
Distilled water is made by boiling the water so it evaporates and becomes steam that separates from anything that was contaminating it, such as metals and inorganic minerals, which have a higher boiling point than water.
The steam is collected and cooled to create distilled water.
Filtered water usually removes the taste that can be present in some tap water from the chlorine by filtering out the chlorine itself, using carbon filters.
Carbon filters are also used in home filtration methods, like Brita pitchers, and can therefore be recreated at home for a lower ultimate cost.
Purified water is created by filtering tap water, much like filtered water, with the added processes of distillation, reverse osmosis, or deionization.
The multi-step purification methods provide water that has fewer PPM than most other types of water. It can be the closest thing to pure H2O available.
They also sell many other products you know and love, like Gatorade, Doritos, and much more.
Their bottled water, along with Coca Cola’s Dasani and many other popular water brands, is sourced from the same public water sources that your tap water comes from.
If you want to avoid toxins that can be found in your tap water, go for bottled water that is distilled or purified. Or, if your tap water is generally safe to drink and in order to be more environmental friendly, you can filter it a little more with a filtered pitcher at home – such as a brita.