Brussels Play Right Into UKIP Hands and Miss The Point

Dehydration is not a disease. Insufficient water in your body is a symptom of dehydration. Bottled water sellers who make advertising claims that drinking water prevents dehydration are going against an EU regulation on claiming disease alleviation. It is the kind of Catch 22 bureaucratic nonsense that drives Europhiles crazy and is food and drink to Eurosceptics.

Landfill filled with plastic water bottles

The UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall describes the new ruling thus:

“It is a perfect example of what Brussels does best. Spend three years with 20 separate pieces of correspondence before summoning 21 professors to Parma, where they decide with great solemnity that drinking water cannot be sold as a way to combat dehydration.”

Worse than being a silly waste of time and money this latest Euro ruling misses the point completely on bottled water. The makers and sellers of water in plastic bottles promote the myth that these drinks are purer and more wholesome than potable domestic water. Water in bottles can cost up to ten thousand times more per litre than tap water. The truth is that domestic supply is more stringently regulated than bottled water, and some brand names on bottles are simply tap water relabelled.

Furthermore the ever increasing drinking of bottled water driven by ludicrous advertising everywhere, is driving a total ecological disaster. It is estimated that one and a half million barrels of oil (that’s enough to keep 100,000 vehicles on the road for a year) goes into making those plastic bottles. In addition the distribution of those bottles uses ever more irreplaceable fossil fuels.

[box type=”note”]Droughts are a problem for farms and consumers living near the sources of the bottled water plants. Many millions of litres of water is used in the production of the bottles and even more ironically two litres of water is used in the purification process for each litre of final product.[/box]


Only 10% of plastic bottles are recycled so the rest are disposed of in landfills where they never decompose. There is also worldwide concern about the effects of BPA, or bisphenol-A, contained in plastic bottles. The EU has implemented a ban on BPA in baby bottles effective since March this year. Canada has also listed BPA as a health hazard. It is not sure what the impact of BPA is on peoples health generally but what is certain is that the industry are adamant that there is no problem with BPA, and they describe the EU ban as an “overreaction.” Well they would wouldn’t they.

Legislators are doing nothing about this issue except behaving like the Roman Emperor Nero who fiddled while Rome burned. With plastic bottles the whole world burns. For the sake of your own health, your bank balance and the ecology of your children’s future reject the marketing of bottled water in favour of tap water.

Claire Al-Aufi

Claire Al-Aufi is a contributing author for Hive Health Media who provides updates on health and fitness news.

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