I’ve never understood the bottled water thing. Sure I’ll buy it when we go camping or if I’m at an event, but for the house? No, I like our plain old tap water.

I must be strange, because Americans love their bottled water! In fact, sales increased by 2% from 2010 to 2011.

Watch out though, those pretty labels on bottled water really don’t mean a dang thing!

Forty-seven percent of the bottled water sold in the U.S. is tap water that’s been purified, according to data from the Beverage Marketing Association, a trade group.

Most people buy bottled water because they feel it’s better for you than tap water, it tastes better and convenience.

Well, one out of three ain’t bad. Yes,  bottled water is convenient, but as for taste?  A study from the Journal of Sensory Studies, showed that bottled water didn’t taste any better than regular tap water.

Healthier? Not so much.

In a test by Natural Resources Defense Council, it was found that about 22% of water bottles contain chemical contaminations that could be dangerous for health. In another test by California State University, six water bottles were tested for purity. All the bottles failed the test for arsenic even though they cleared all other tests. Reason: When subjected to heat, water bottles leach their chemical components from the water. Exposure to heat in the form of sunlight, body heat and storage is common. The heat may be supplied when a water bottle is stored in your garage.

via Shocking Facts About Bottled Water | At Home – Yahoo! Shine.