Borrled water worse than tap water

Dear WDDTY:

In your story on pesticides (WDDTY) vol 6 no 3, Tuula Tuormaa advises readers to filter their water or "even better, drink bottled water, which is produced by a reputable manufacturer".

Several years ago, London's Evening Standard reported on analyses of bottled and tap water carried out by the Water Enginneering and Development Centre at Loughborough University and Thames Water. The pollutant content of bottled mineral waters aluminium and nitrates was found to be generally higher than that found in ordinary tap water. This is confirmed by Which? magazine's tests (July 1982) and by earlier analyses reported in Prevention magazine, October 1982. Janet Pleshette, London......