An Irish bottled water brand is no longer available on the shelves of a major retailer in Ireland due to off-water odour complaints according to a report in the Irish Times of July 31st 2015. It has been known for some time that chemicals can leech into the water from the plastic in plastic water bottles. In fact, drinking water from plastic bottles may be hurting your health.
If water is stored in plastic bottles for a long time, it can contain a potentially harmful chemical called antimony, which is similar, chemically to lead and is also a potentially toxic trace element. Antimony is a white metallic element that in small doses can cause nausea, dizziness and depression. In large doses, it can be fatal. It increases over time because the plastic is leaching chemicals into the water. So to protect yourself from plastic chemicals in bottled water, flavored waters and minerals, only buy them in glass bottles whenever possible or better still, don’t buy them.
A low cost healthy alternative is to use a water filter in your home tap water supply and bring your own water in a re-usable cleanable water bottle. What may be more surprising is that plastic bottled water is in many cases just filtered tap water and not the beautiful mountain-stream water pictured on the label…Read More (PDF)