Once a fad, drinking bottled water has become commonplace and thanks to the most successful advertising hype in recent history, tap water has received a negative stigma. Every year about 1.5 million tons of plastic go into manufacturing water bottles for the global market, using processes that release toxics such as nickel, ethylbenzene, ethylene oxide and benzene.  Giant multinational corporations have invested millions of marketing dollars to make bottled water seem healthier and more attractive than tap water.
Congressman McGovern's favorite bottled water brands:
- Polar Corp
- Crystal Rock Water Company
- Girard Spring Water
- Deer Park
Five reasons why you should say "no" to bottled water:
Bottled water isn't a good value - Brand name bottled water can cost up to $1 for a 20 ounce bottle. That works out to 5 cents an ounce. Many companies are entering the bottled water market because it's like liquid gold (even more expensive per ounce than gasoline).
No healthier than tap water - Water systems in the developed world are well-regulated and is regularly inspected for bacteria and toxic chemicals.
Bottled water means garbage - Bottled water produces up to 1.5 million tons of plastic waste per year.
Bottled water means less attention to public systems - Water treatment systems and infrastructure
The corporatization of water - Water is being called the "Blue Gold" of the 21st century. Fresh water is essential to life and therefore should be a basic human right.