The primary source of BPA is reusable plastic water bottles (and baby bottles!), tin cans and other plastic containers. If you use a reusable water bottle, such as a nalgene, then yes, some BPA will probably end up in your drinking water. Since a plastic bottle is more likely to leach BPA into your water if it gets hot, one important way to minimize the amount of BPA in your water is to store your water in a cool place. Some people are also concerned that BPA is leaching out of household plastic products and ending up in our water supply, which would mean that BPA is also present in our tap water.
BPA is not on the Environmental Protection Agency’s list for regulated or unregulated threats in drinking water. However, it was recently announced that the agency will soon launch a major investigation into the impacts that BPA has on the environment. The EPA will begin measuring the amounts of BPA in ground and drinking water. Since 1 million pounds of the compound are released eah year into the environment, I would find it very hard to believe that some doesn’t end up in our drinking water, especially if it is not yet regulated by the EPA.
I would like to add to sdasher and maddie‘s wonderful answers by saying that in general you will find more BPA, as well as other contaminants, in bottled water than in tap water. Tap water is actually better regulated than bottled water, and much better for the environment.
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