Residents of small town Fryeburg, Maine, are confronted with a struggle to take back their water after Nestle moves into their community.
“Tapped” uncovers the mystery behind the bottled water industry and is eloquently directed and produced by journalist Stephanie Soechtig, producer of “Planet Earth” and “The O'Reily Factor.”
It is a mystery not originating in the Alps, like the advertisements convey, but somewhere closer to home: the municipal water sources, where 40 percent of America's bottled water is extracted.
The health of the population consuming bottled water and their families experience frightening consequences.
The Food and Drug Administration does not test the water from private industries; they merely check the results reported from the industries' privately-conducted tests. The bottles leach toxic chemicals such as toluene, styrene and various phthalates that are known to be cancer-causing and result in adverse reproductive outcomes.
Water is bottled in packaging labeled as PET or PETE; a petroleum product that may cause cancer. BPA, or Biphenyl-A, used to make hard plastics, such as sports bottles and baby bottles, was found to damage every reproductive organ in some scientific studies.
One of the most devastating effects of the toxic-leaching water bottles is the long-term effects on the environment. Only 50 percent of Americans have access to recycling, and for many Americans, recycling isn't convenient enough for an on-the-go lifestyle. The bottles, most of which lay waste in local landfills, eventually make it into the ocean. Fish mistake the broken-down plastic pieces for food and swallow them, eventually killing the fish.
“Tapped” uses interviews with scientists, residents, government workers and employees of the bottled water industry to uncover the alarming facts of an industry that's harming our world.
This terrifying film brings to light the looming effects of the bottled water industry and creates a detailed portrayal of the quest to find the truth.