Supermarkets Deny Selling 'Bottled Tap Water'
Two supermarkets have denied claims the economy-price own-brand bottled water they sell is in fact tap water.
The allegations surrounded Tesco Everyday Value Still Water and Asda Smartprice Still Water, which reportedly sit on shelves alongside major mineral water brands such as Evian and Perrier.
The Daily Mail claimed the products were simply a filtered version of what is supplied to almost all domestic homes - but that there was no labelling on the bottles saying so.
It was likened to the fictional situation in the sitcom Only Fools And Horses where protagonists Del Boy and Rodney Trotter start selling "Peckham Spring", which is in fact water from the taps of their London council flat.
Both supermarkets denied misleading their customers in any way, saying the bottles gave customers a clear idea of what they were buying.
A spokeswoman for Asda, which gets its bottled water supplied by Yorkshire Water, said it was wrong to call its product tap water.
"Our Smart Price water is treated to remove chlorine, further filtered, then bottled," she said.
"If sparkling, carbon dioxide is added for a bit of fizz. The label on the bottle tells our customers just that.
"Our two-litre bottle is 17p. For comparison - if a customer bought a Brita water filter jug at £16 and used it for the recommended 40 gallons, it would cost 21p to produce two litres of filtered water.
"We're saving our customers time and money - as well as providing a container."
A spokeswoman for Tesco, whose Everyday Value Still Water also retails for 17p for two litres, said: "Our Everyday Value Still Water goes through a complex filtration process to improve the taste and remove impurities.
"Tesco sells a wide range of waters to suit all tastes and budgets. All of our products are clearly labelled so customers know what they are buying."
what do you think?
And we could get some sand filters to filter the effluent from urinals then use solar energy to blast it with UV light and then bottle that as all natural drinking water. Sure - it'd be clean and pure water but it would be taking the P just as much as the supermarkets.
thats pretty much what water is - its all second hand rhys
Seen it done and tasted it. It was so pure it was like drinking distilled water
Yeah tap water, your'e busted.
Would not pay for water in this country unless our tap water was untreated, what a waste of money!
Quite right David. The only place I ever drink bottled water is on holiday in countries where we are told it is unsafe to drink.
You do pay for your tap water David
What plonkers !
"the peckham spring" what a classic episode:-)
Lovely jubbly :)
The provision of tap water in this country is more highly regulated than any of the bottled stuff sold in our supermarkets. It never ceases to amaze me to see folks buying gallons of the bottled version, they must have money to burn
....it's all about image as well, dave, people think they give off this "look at me, I'm fit and workout" prefer many cups of tea, myself! Lol!
Julie. You are right about the image thing. Its the same with drinking booze out of the bottle.They think it is cool but I just laugh at them The bottles have stood in a distribution yard somewhere giving the rats & cats every opportunity to pee all over them and then some cool dude drinks from them. Yuck!
Exactly, dave! :-)
LOLOLOL my tap water tastes disgusting so I do buy bottled water I admit it but I can assure you no one would think I work out and I am healthy so it most definately isnt for image..... I think people who pay over a pound for a coffee or tea are silly when they have it at home LOL....surely thats just for image !!! lol
Fully agree Jo. Nobody is ever going to accuse me of working out these days. I do draw the line at paying more than 17p for 2 litres though. Look at Evian spelt in reverse. That is the kind of person that spends nearly a quid on a littre. As for hygeine, Dave, all food packaging has meet strict guidlines and I know that all bottles go through a sterilising procedure having previously working a bottling plant.
Jo....get your water checked out, worth a go, ours went a bit "funny tasting" and funnily enough, we had loads of free bottled water while the problem was being sorted.......I DEF don't work out, lol!....you raise a good point with buying cups of tea and coffee! ;-)
Our water is treated because we are in a hard water area and there is "nothing they can do" lol. I dont buy the 17p ones I buy from where I work which is fairly reliable but works out at 30p for 2 litres. I am metred (not through choice) so it works out about the same cost as tap water and cheaper than if I filtered it. I dont buy fizzy drinks either or tea or coffee or even juice/squash as I have a lot of allergies so I think I am quids in !
I do agree with you Dave.... its called designer water, even school kids are into it.
Hahaa! Clever tho! If people are gullible enough to buy water, ANY water, that is....more fool them! They think it's healthy because it says it comes from some spring or other, maybe it has, but after its been, bottled and messed about, travelled in a lorry, exported from France or where ever , sat on a supermarket shelf for how ever long, ......mmmm! Lovely! :-) if you travel abroad, fair enough, but to BUY it here, when your already paying for water.....madness! If your tap water doesn't taste right....get on to the water people!
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have some sympathy for those being duped by YOur local Friendly Store
H.mmm. Do you know they put floride in our water, don't you? Its banned in lots of countries and a common research suggests major future problems for our arterys. Not that bottled tap water would do us anygood though..
It doesn't state on the bottle that it is spring water. I use it purely because it is better than the stuff out of my tap and convenient to keep at work where the chillers only use basic tap water anyway
Wlu....it's up to people to decide if they want to be duped or not!
John.....ask to have your water checked, worth a go!
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Tap water on supermarket shelves says it all today
People are stupid enough to buy it, thats whats crazy about it
I have had a soda stream contraption for years..... best buy ever.
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Our Smart Price water is treated to remove chlorine, further filtered, then bottled. Should be called idiot water When is the govt going to get a grip on these cowboys who try all the tricks of trade to take money off us? Taking my business elsewhere. You should too
It is not a question for the govt. Every time you enter a supermarket work on the basis all they want is your money. They couldn't care less how they get it . Buyer beware !!
Hmmm, 17p for two litres.......probably cheaper than normal tap water anyway!
Bit like the add on the front page 'free pay as you go'. Is there a contradiction here or am I missing the point.
If you can't tell the difference between tap water and spring or mineral water then you should not be buying water in the first place
Some water engineer once told me that the water in the thames is drunk 64 times before it reaches the sea .....! Course he could have been taking the p***! On the other hand .. glad I don't live in Lunnen town!
My first thought was "How dare they do that" My second thought was "Wait a minute, does it really make a difference?"
People really need to start reading the lables. Fair enough as a cheaper alternative to the fancier waters if your tap water is yucky. People can't really complain if the labelling is clear and Tesco are not pretending it comes from an alpine spring.
tesco and asda and the rest probably say ,cheers mugs
So Del boy was right
As we have the safest tap water in the world why would any one buy it bottles which have stood around in warehouses for months, sometimes years?
So it should be sold simply as 'filtered water' or 'chlorine-free'. Any other description is misleading.