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Discover Testing Settles the Drinking Water Debate: Tap vs. Bottled
Date:9/12/2007

Website Tackles Water Safety, Environmental Concerns With Test Kits, Water

Filters and Reusable Bottles

MONROVIA, Calif., Sept. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Bottled or tap? That is the question. At least it is in the minds of consumers who fear the impact of bottled water on the environment, but aren't sure if their tap water is safe. Discover Testing has assembled a family of products on its website, http://www.discovertesting.com, in an effort to alleviate consumer concerns and help the environment at the same time.

-- The Watersafe-All-In-One test kit is an inexpensive, in-home testing

kit that can identify unsafe levels of eight common contaminants.

-- Brita filtration systems improve the taste and quality of tap water.

-- Refillable plastic bottles provide the convenience of grab-and-go

water, but without the environmental effect of bottled water.

"We feel that, under the right circumstances, tap water is not only safer for consumers, it's better for the environment," says Tom Round, vice president, Silver Lake Research Corporation. "And it's available to consumers at a fraction of the cost of bottled water."

As the most ingested substance worldwide, water is a common source of both acute and chronic illness. Long-term exposure to chemical contaminants can have serious and deadly effects. But while safety should be a concern, there are simple ways to check water quality, says Round. Retailing for $19.95, the Watersafe All-In-One test kit addresses eight common contaminants, including bacteria, lead, pesticides, nitrates, nitrites, chlorine, pH and hardness. The kit provides several individual tests that are easy to use and provide on-the-spot results.

And if consumers do find levels of certain contaminants out of the desirable range -- or just dislike the taste of tap water -- an inexpensive alternative to bottled water is a simple filtration system. The site markets a variety of Brita products ranging from faucet filters to pitchers (prices start at $12.95).

The final link, says Round, is a reusable bottle. Refillable water bottles, a popular product among backpackers, is making its mark on mainstream audiences. Retailing for $9.95, the bottles are an environmentally friendly alternative to bottled water.

DiscoverTesting.com is the go-to source for anyone concerned with maintaining a healthy home environment. Parent company Silver Lake Research Corporation (SLRC) is the California biotech company that revolutionized the environmental testing industry by developing convenient, affordable, do-it-yourself test kits that bring laboratory capabilities within everyone's reach.

According to the Water Quality and Health Council, "drinking water

systems continue to face challenges in assuring that customers receive

microbiologically safe water."

Most Americans depend on their local water utility to provide a safe

water supply, testing and monitoring is not as routine as most people

think.

Roughly 40 percent of bottled water begins as tap water.

~Earth Policy Institute

According to the Container Recycling Institute, 86 percent of plastic

water bottles used in the United States become garbage or litter. (It

takes up to 1000 years for a plastic water bottle to biodegrade.)

Making bottles to meet the U.S. demand for bottled water requires more

than 1.5 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel some 100,000

U.S. cars for a year.

~Earth Policy Institute


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