MONROVIA, Calif., Sept. 12 Bottled or tap? That is thequestion. At least it is in the minds of consumers who fear the impact ofbottled 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 concernsand help the environment at the same time.
"We feel that, under the right circumstances, tap water is not only saferfor consumers, it's better for the environment," says Tom Round, vicepresident, Silver Lake Research Corporation. "And it's available to consumersat a fraction of the cost of bottled water."
As the most ingested substance worldwide, water is a common source of bothacute and chronic illness. Long-term exposure to chemical contaminants canhave serious and deadly effects. But while safety should be a concern, thereare simple ways to check water quality, says Round. Retailing for $19.95, theWatersafe All-In-One test kit addresses eight common contaminants, includingbacteria, lead, pesticides, nitrates, nitrites, chlorine, pH and hardness.The kit provides several individual tests that are easy to use and provideon-the-spot results.
And if consumers do find levels of certain contaminants out of thedesirable range -- or just dislike the taste of tap water -- an inexpensivealternative to bottled water is a simple filtration system. The site marketsa variety of Brita products ranging from faucet filters to pitchers (pricesstart at $12.95).
The final link, says Round, is a reusable bottle. Refillable waterbottles, a popular product among backpackers, is making its mark on mainstreamaudiences. Retailing for $9.95, the bottles are an environmentally friendlyalternative to bottled water.
DiscoverTesting.com is the go-to source for anyone concerned withmaintaining a healthy home environment. Parent company Silver Lake ResearchCorporation (SLRC) is the California biotech company that revolutionized theenvironmental testing industry by developing convenient, affordable,do-it-yourself test kits that bring laboratory capabilities within everyone'sreach.-- 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.
SOURCE Silver Lake Research Corporation