Tapping into water problems

Tapped: A documentary


Alex Paulsen



The Office of Student Life presented the film Tapped that discussed issues of bottled water in today’s society.

It centers around the idea that bottled water is put on an undeserving pedestal, and that tap water is made to seem unfairly unclean. It discusses ecological problems being caused by bottled water, mentioning how in the future it’s expected that there’ll be beaches filled with sand made purely of plastics.

The film says the Food and Drug Administration only has one person monitoring the entire production of bottled water in the United States and how that isn’t the only duty for the individual. It also points out that if the water is produced and sold within the same state, it doesn’t have to be FDA regulated.

Another aspect focuses on Bisphenol A or BPA as it’s better known, a chemical found in almost all plastics. The Canadian government has banned this chemical from baby bottles because it has been known to cause adverse effects in infants.

BPA can seep into food or beverages it’s packaged in, and acts as an estrogen in the body and takes place of the natural estrogen cells. For example, male fish in the Potomac River, which have been found to have traces of BPA, have been discovered to hold eggs in their reproductive organs.

“There are more than 200 independent scientists, not in any conflict financially with this chemical, saying, ‘We find it relating to obesity, prostate cancer, breast cancer, diabetes and brain disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, liver disease, ovarian disease, disease of the uterus, low sperm count in men –the list is endless,’” the website for Tapped said.

Pierce College student, Colton Doyle, is studying BPA in his environmental science course and agrees on the damaging effects of BPA.

“BPA is bad for the environment,” Doyle said. “You just don’t know.”

The movie suggests tap water, or buying a reusable water bottle as a solution to the plastic bottle issues rising about in our world today.

Student Harold Thomas said individuals need to help the environment though doing simple tasks such as recycling.

“Make sure you recycle your plastic before it screws up the ecosystem,” Thomas said.

The Office of Student Life ended the presentation by giving each participant a BPA free water bottle with a lifetime guarantee.

Students interested in the film can visit the website tappedthemovie.com, or purchase the DVD contacting the producers directly or signing up for their mailing list by emailing info@atlas



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Tapping into water problems

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